Finding the right running shoes for your feet

Well how about that? I just found out that I’ve been using the wrong type of shoe for the past four months I’ve been running. I just had my running gait analyzed at the Runnr shop at Bonifacio High Street yesterday and the shoe guru there explained to me the type of running shoe that my feet needs.

Gait analysis at Runnr

Wearing the wrong type of shoe for prolonged running can lead to shin splints, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis and other foot/ankle/knee-related injuries.

According to my gait ,which is over-pronation, wearing my current shoe when running will lead to what they call runner’s knee. Luckily, I haven’t started long-distance running yet.

There’s more to buying a pair of running shoe than just style and comfort.

Uhh pronation what??

Before you find out what running shoe you need, you must know what type of running gait you have, whether you over-pronate, supinate (under-pronate) or simply have normal pronation.

Pronation

Pronation refers to the inward roll of the foot during normal motion and occurs as the outer edge of the heel strikes the ground and the foot rolls inward and flattens out. You can’t do anything about your pronation because it is dependent on the physiology of your feet.

What you can do is support your pronation with the correct shoe so that your gait is angled correctly to avoid injuries. I found out that my gait is a few angles off a normal one.

If you’re serious about running, have your gait analyzed at Runnr or Second Wind. You will be asked to run for a few seconds on their treadmill so they can record and explain to you your running style. It’s free and the staff are quite knowledgeable and will give you tips on how to improve and what type of shoes you need.

Alternatively, know your foot arch

If you don’t have the time to have your gait analyzed, another quick way to know the type of running shoe you need is based on the arch of your feet. It’s either you are flat-footed to low arch, normal arch or high arch.

To find your foot arch type, what you can do is wet the sole of your feet, step on a dry surface and compare the imprint you left to this:

footarchtypeBased on your arch, you can then find out what type of pronation your feet is doing and know what type of running shoe to support it.

Types of running shoes

Now you know your gait or how your feet pronates, it’s time to find which type of shoe that provides the right support for you.

There are basically three types of running shoes:

  • Neutral. For people with high arch feet or what you call neutral runners whose feet do not pronate effectively. This type of shoe has a softer midsole and more flexibility that will provide the extra shock absorption that the lack of pronation is missing. (Men’s | Women’s)
  • Stability. For people with normal or medium arch or for those who are light but with  flat or low arch. If you have mild to moderate over pronation, this is the shoe for you. These shoes have some medial support and good midsole cushioning. (Men’s | Women’s)
  • Motion Control. For low to flat-footed people that tends to over pronate severely. These shoes have extra support devices on the medial side to slow excessive pronation and tend to have wider and flatter outsoles. (Men’s | Women’s)
Asics Gel 1150 for stability

My new stability running shoes. Can't wait to try it out and see if it would really help my running.

So if you’re going to buy a new pair of running shoes, don’t just look at the style and what’s the latest. You should buy the type of shoe that your feet needs. Most stores selling running shoes now have labels on what type of shoe is being displayed.

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6 Responses

  1. Katkat says:

    Correct ka dyan. Ive always factored in my feet profile before i buy nike rubbershoes bec i need all the support and comfort for my feet when i’m working standing and walking almost the whole day. Good reference blog. 

  2. I had an evaluation done awhile back so now I know what shoes to buy and oh, what a godsend! Everyone should know and wear proper footwear.

  3. Robbie says:

    Actually, I tried to jog last year for about a week. Tapos I think I injured my heel. Kasi ba naman I didn’t have running shoes or any regular rubber shoes then. I jogged wearing Chuck Taylors! Hahaha ang bobo lang.

    Ayun, haven’t tried to jog again since then. :P

    Thanks for the info.

  4. Mike says:

    Thank you for your “Finding the right running shoes” with that neat 3×3 diagram on pronation. That was the first time that I understood pronation, and why I am having trouble with plantars fasciitis.

  5. Andrew says:

    i had the online mizuno self-help analysis and it had me follow some steps. at the end it says i’m a neutral runner: http://www.myprecisionfit.com – it will test all axis and stuff.

    I went to runners and had the gait analysis by running on the treadmill with the video capture. i was overpronator so i had to use stability shoe. it’s weird cause i have neutral arch/neutral leg axis but I overpronate. haha!

    and i’m planning on going minimal running in the future.

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