How to Find the Perfect Running Shoe

How to Find the Perfect Running Shoe - The Shoe Collective

1. Know Your Foot Type

Understanding your foot type is crucial. There are three main categories:

  • Flat Feet: If your arches touch the ground completely, you likely have flat feet. Look for motion control shoes with a hard and thick sole to provide stability.
  • Average Arches: Most people fall into this category. Opt for stability shoes with a medium sole to support your natural gait.
  • High Arches: If your arches are pronounced and don’t touch the ground much, go for supinator shoes with a soft and light sole.


2. Analyze Shoe Anatomy

Pay attention to different parts of the shoe:

  • Upper: The upper should fit smoothly, without binding or chafing. Modern versions often use seamless one-piece fits that stretch and support appropriately.
  • Ankle Collar: Ensure it cradles your ankle bone comfortably, whether through padding or shape.
  • Heel Counter: This semi-rigid cup inside the rearfoot supports your heel. Some minimalist shoes eliminate the heel counter for full freedom of movement.


3. Get the Right Fit

Whether you shop online or in-store, follow these steps:

  • Measure Your Feet: Use a ruler or a Brannock device to measure both feet. Choose the larger size if there’s a difference.
  • Try Them On: If in-store, try on several pairs and jog around to assess comfort and fit.
  • Toe Space: Leave about half an inch of space between your longest toe and the shoe’s end. Wiggle your toes to ensure enough room.
  • Walk Around: Test how the shoes feel during movement. Pay attention to any discomfort or pressure points.


4. Consider Your Running Style

Think about your running habits:

  • Pronation: Most runners pronate (roll inward) when landing. Choose shoes that support your pronation type:
    • Neutral: If you have a neutral gait, look for neutral shoes.
    • Overpronation: Opt for stability shoes.
    • Underpronation (Supination): Go for cushioned shoes.


5. Seek Expert Advice

Visit us at The Shoe Collective where you can get recommendations for suitable shoes that fit your needs.

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