Learn Your Foot Type Before Buying Shoes
Fitness & Exercise
The speed and distance you run can be significantly affected by how comfortable your feet are. After all, it’s pretty hard to keep pace when you feel like you’re dying from the ankle down. Before you spend your cash on some expensive running shoes, remember that not all feet are made the same; some people are flat-footed, while some have high arches. Different shoes are just made to fit better with different types of feet, and getting the right type of running shoes can mean a world of difference when it comes to comfort.
To find out what kind of foot type you have, try the wet test. Soak your feet in water and then stand on a cardboard grocery bag (or something similar). Take a good look at the outline your foot leaves and compare it to this graph:
If you’re a flat type, you’ll do best with dual-density midsoles and supportive “posts” as well as shoes that offer firmer support. If, on the other hand, you have a high arch—meaning you only see your heel in the test, the ball of your foot, and a thin line on the outside of your foot—you’re probably best suited to neutral-cushioned shoes because they need a softer midsole to encourage pronation.