I’m not an expert, not by any means but I thought I would share with you what I’ve learned in the last 1.5 years of doing this crazy running thing. The most helpful piece of advice I’ve ever gotten is the wet test. Check out this short video bellow from shoes.com to learn more about that, if you can’t watch a video skip bellow and I’ll lay it out for you its really pretty simple.
The Water Test
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Its pretty simple really:
Step in a shallow flat pan with some water in it and then on to a brown paper bag.
Look at the print you make and see which of the above it matches
That’s pretty much it, with that information you can start looking for shoes. Here are the general rules for the different arch types:
Flat Footed look for something with Maximum support or sometimes known as a stability shoe.
Neutral/Normal Footed can really go either way depending, if you are slightly flat footed look for something with more control if your perfectly neutral get whatever you want or maybe your arch is slightly high then go for something with cushion.
High Arch People Should look for something with a little cushion to help absorb the blow, how much cushion is up to you. Also an insole to help support the arch isn’t such a bad idea either (personal opinion.)
So what shoe do you get?
There are lots of brands and lots of price ranges, what brand and price is really up to you. As a general rule with shoes you do get what you pay for. Higher priced shoes will ‘generaly’ last longer (ie more miles not time) but there is a point where you are paying for color and style not quality so watch for that. Here are the major brands and how they can help you find the right shoe.
Adidas sorts there in a few categories: Competition, Control/Stability, Cushion/Neutral, Trail. You can find these options on the left side of the shopping area to help narrow down your choices
Nike is really the same as Adidas with different groups look on the side under “Best for” and you will see: barefoot, nutral ride, stability, and racing.
Reebok really has no easy way to identify what kind of shoe you are looking at until you click on it. Then to be honest the description still isn’t clear.
Asics is my favorite they have a great chart that shoes you the 3 major categories and everything in bwtween! But then again looking at my closet I might be biased…
(All Asics, I also have a pair of Mizunos)