Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Running shoe fit... borrowed from Running shoe reviews!

Fitting Your Running Shoes to Your Feet

best running shoesThe most important thing in finding the best running shoes for you is the type of feet you have. People have different foot types, such as normal feet, flat feet, or high-arched feet.

1. Be Aware of Your Foot Type Before Choosing a Shoe

You can check out your feet type by looking at your foot or the footprints you make on soft surfaces like sand. Flat feet don't have an arch; when you make a footprint on sand, you will see a level print.

2. Overpronators - a Need For Stability Running Shoes

Flat-footed people are overpronators, which mean that your feet have a tendency to roll inwards, so you need shoes that will improve your stability when you run.

Being flat-footed is not really a problem, but in some individual cases, it could be, but this can be remedied by the right type of running shoes.

3. Underpronate - Midsole Protection

As for high-arched feet, the situation is reversed. When you run, you underpronate, or your feet roll outwards. This means that the impact on the foot is stronger when you run, so you need shoes that will protect your feet, especially around the midsoles.

Shoes with cushioning are the best types for high-arched feet, while shoes equipped with motion control are recommended for flat-footed folks. As for those with normal feet, you won’t have big problems.

In addition to all of this, it is important to take into consideration your running style, landing pattern and your general need for running shoe cushioning considering your previous injury-history as a runner.

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