Finding the right shoes for you
Every day we spend a certain amount of time walking around, whether we are working, taking MRT trains or buses. I believe everyone has experienced before what it feels like wearing a shoe that doesn’t fit you. Size is just one of the factors in choosing the right footwear. Another factor is choosing the right design base on the type of foot.
It is especially important for marathon fans that participate in long distance runs, to choose suitable and comfortable shoes for yourself. This will be the first step in protecting yourself from any potential leg pains.
Below is the simple test that you can take to find out your foot type.
- Pour a thin layer of water into a shallow pan.
- Wet the sole of your foot.
- Step onto a paper bag or a blank piece of thicker paper.
- Step of and look down.
There are three categories of foot type that you will fall under
Foot type: Neutral Arch
Description: Neutral arch is the most common foot type. The middle to slightly outward part of the heel strikes the ground first and the foot rolls inward slightly absorbing the shock more effectively which allows the foot and ankle to properly support the body. Neutral Arch usually will have wear along the forefront and the back of the shoes.
Shoe recommendation: The best running shoes for Neutral runners are Neutral Cushioning Shoes.
Foot type: Flat (low) Arch
Description: If you see almost your entire footprint, you have a flat foot, which means you’re probably an overpronator. That is, a micro-second after footstrike, your arch collapses inward too much, resulting in excessive foot motion and increasing your risk of injuries. Flat (low) Arch will have more wear along heel and inside of forefoot.
Shoe recommendation: The best running shoes for Flat (low) Arch runners are stability shoes or motion control shoes.
Foot type: High Arch
Description: If you see just your heel, the ball of your foot, and a thin line on the outside of your foot, you have a high arch, the least common foot type. This means the foot only pronates such a small amount that the body can’t absorb the shock in its natural manner, which results in bones and joints taking the impact. High Arch usually have excess wear along sides of shoes.
Shoe recommendation: The best running shoes for High Arch are more flexible neutral cushioning shoes.