What type of running shoes are right for you?

Which type of sneaker suits you, before making a conclusion, you need to understand shape of your foot and type of gait.

Normal/medium vault:

The normal type of foot tends to have a normal gait, meaning at end of walking cycle, toe causes ankle to rotate slightly outward. The feet and ankles are able to maintain a straight line with lower leg. After landing, center of gravity falls on entire sole of foot. This means that foot and ankle can effectively absorb ground impacts, supporting and stabilizing the body. Get ready to tear off your fingers. Generally speaking, a pair of feet with a normal biomechanical arch does not need shoes that improve motor control.

What type of running shoes are right for you?

For normal feet, stable shoes are recommended and for long-term sports. If you usually walk, you can opt for cushioned shoes if you are not uphill. Stable shoes are definitely worse than cushioning shoes in terms of comfort, because arches are hard. But in terms of comfort and protection after prolonged exercise, it is better than cushioning.

Best running shoes: cushioned or stable

Underpronation/high arch:

A foot with a high arch, in which toe twists ankle outward when running. After foot touches ground, center of gravity is on outside of foot. But throughout entire walking cycle, center of foot does not turn inward. Due to constant force acting on outside of foot after landing, little toe bears most of pressure during kick-off period.

What type of running shoes are right for you?

With insufficient internal rotation, shoe should be more flexible and have a cushioning function. The best choice would be shoes with soft cushioning. The arch support contributes entirely to underpronation, so a stability or control style is completely unsuitable.

Best shoes for running: Cushioning, especially shoes with a breathable medium-density midsole.

Excessive pronation (outward splay)/moderate flat feet:

People with flat feet tend to have a lot of internal rotation. When running, toes cause the ankle to rotate inward. The feet and ankles do not provide good body stability, and ground impacts cannot be effectively absorbed.

What type of running shoes are right for you?

Running shoes for people with this foot type require a controlled arch, a solid outsole that provides control of movement, or high stability. Avoid running shoes with good cushioning as they will be less stable.

For overpronation, choose shoes that are stable and can provide adequate arch support. For people with flat feet, stable shoes are recommended, whether they are overpronated or not.

Best running shoes: stability or control