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Tips To Choosing The Perfect Running Shoes


Running shoes is the one type of shoe that can usually be found in every single closet of America. Why? Because it is the one type of shoe that almost everyone will use at least once in their life. Some buy them for exercising, for outdoor activities, and just because they are comfortable.

There are hundreds of different brand name running shoes as well as different types - which make it very difficult for many of us to make the choice of which one to choose. What most of us don?t know is that the choice lies in the type of feet that you have and how comfortable you want it to be.

It is not uncommon for someone to purchase a shoe that fits perfectly for them - but for someone else may hurt their feet. Most shoes of any type are divided into three categories that include; stability, cushioned, and motion control. There are also three minor categories that they could fall in that include; racing, off road, and performance training. The first three that were listed are for people who will use their running shoes on a daily basis..

The best way to find your ideal pair of running shoes is to perform the ?wet foot test?. This test is the process of finding a pair of shoes that will fit the shape of your foot. Taking a piece of parchment and place your wet foot upon it. Examine the shape of your footprint and look for different features.

Normal Feet

If your foot looks normal with a normal sized arch then your footprint will have a flare and show the forefoot and heel that is connected by a broad band. The foot will land on the outside of the heel and then roll to the inside in order to absorb any shock. This is a very common runner?s foot - which means that instead on motion control shoes you will need stability running shoes with only minor control features added to it.

Flat Feet

People with flat feet will have a low arch and their footprint will show the entire sole of the foot. This is also referred to as an overprinted foot. This type of foot will strike on the outside of the heel before rolling to the inside too much. A foot like this can lead to other problems. In order to avoid many of these problems you should consider high stability or motion control running shoes that are built with firm midsoles to help reduce the degree of pronation. Do not use highly cushioned and curved shoes.

High Arched Feet

People with high arched feet will leave a footprint with an incredibly narrow band or even no band between the heel and the forefoot. This type of foot has a high arch and is curved. It is not able to absorb shock very well. Because of this we recommend cushioned running shoes that are built with flexibility to help give proper foot motion.