How to Choose the Right Running Shoe for You

By Shannon Gurnee
In Lifestyle
January 2, 2014


#spon #running #health

Choosing the right type of running shoe can mean the difference between comfort and cramping or chronic pain. Feet are divided up into three basic types, and you can find the best shoe for you when you know yours.

High Arches

High arches can usually be determined by making a few observations. First of all, the foot will have a very defined curve, and when you push your hand against the sole in the middle, you’ll feel rigidity. A bare foot print will make the foot appear to curve inward, with a narrow center. If you have this problem, you should have your feet re-measured once a year, as running tends to stretch the arches out and cause them to fall to some degree.

This condition causes the feet to turn to the outside when running, known as supination or underpronation, and causes the runner to become unstable. If you have high arches, purchasing flexible, cushioned running shoes can offer relief.

Flat Feet

This condition is the opposite to high arches. People with flat feet will have almost no curve to their foot, and no curve to the instep from toe to heel. Bare footprints with almost look like a distortion of a regular print. This condition is called overpronation, and causes the foot to roll toward the inside when walking or running.

Motion control or stability shoes will help provide comfort for people with flat feet. You can also purchase arch supports or orthotic inserts to lessen pain and discomfort.

Neutral Foot Structure

This is the most common foot type, with just enough arch to allow proper support, but not more than a 3/4 inch curve at the insole. People with neutral or normal feet can wear almost any type of shoe comfortably. However, wearing shoes made to correct or support other foot types can cause problems for people with a neutral foot shape.

Consumers can find out more about locating shoe stores by searching online. They can tell you what’s in stock so you can have a few options in mind before you go in for a for a fitting. Pennsylvania locations for stores like Sneaker King are available online at the main store website. This is a handy feature for people who want the find the shop nearest them, or those who have relocated and want to purchase from their former favorite neighborhood school.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

2 Responses to “How to Choose the Right Running Shoe for You”

  1. Alicia K says:

    i went to a special running store to get mine fitted. love them!

  2. Sarah L says:

    Good tips for those who run. I believe in running away from lions & tigers, but nothing else.

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