How Do I Choose the Best Shoes for Running?

Everyone has different feet, and different needs that those feet need met when looking for a running shoe. There are many different types of running shoes, neutral, motion control, stability, minimalist, wide, narrow, light heavy and so many others!

It is understandable that choosing the right shoe for your foot can be confusing and overwhelming. This is why we need to start from the beginning when choosing a shoe, by looking at your individual needs. This may involve an appointment with your podiatrist, who can assess how your foot moves when you walk and run. There are four main categories that your foot motion can fall into: overpronators, mild pronators, neutral or supinators.

Overpronators land more on the inside of their foot, and their arch collapses a lot, they are more suited to a motion control type of runner

Mild pronators land similarly to overpronators but to a lesser extent. Stability shoes are best suited for these types of runners.

Neutral runners land evenly on the ball of their foot and are more suited to a neutral shoe type

Supinators land on the outside of their foot, and do not have as much shock absorption within their foot so are more suited to a well-cushioned neutral shoe.

Once it is established what style of shoe is best for you, here are some tips for finding the best fit:

  • Heel fits snugly in shoe and does not move up out of the shoe easily when laced up
  • You are able to wiggle your toes freely and move them from side to side without the material of the shoe restricting movement
  • Stand up while testing length and width as the foot spreads out under weight. There should be one thumb’s width between your longest toe and the end of the shoe
  • The shoe should bend only where your toes do and not through the middle of your foot 

Your podiatrist will be able to discuss optimum fit and shoes that may be best for your foot.