Perfect Fit: Choosing the Proper Running Shoe

Wearing proper running shoes enhances performance and prevents injuries. The first step in picking the right running shoe is to know your foot type. We’ve compiled some useful information to help you determine your foot shape and the best shoe for you.

Normal Arches - proper running shoe fit and tips

Neutral Arch

Shape of Foot: Slight arch in center of foot; ideal pronation or rotation of the foot inward and downward so it comes down at the outside of the heel and rolls evenly to the front.

Mizuno Wave Rider 19 - neutral arch runnig shoe

Types of Shoe: Stability. Arch-side support and high-density foam result in extra stability. These shoes typically feature a slight arch from front to back.

Best FitMizuno Wave Rider 19 ($114.99), Finish Line, Naples (239-403-3849)

High Arch - selecting the proper running shoe for high arches

High Arch

Shape of Foot: Majority of your sole is hollow; may result in underpronation or your foot rolling only slightly with the outside of your foot taking the brunt of impact.

Hoka One One Bondi 4 - high arch running shoe - extra cushioning

Types of Shoe: Cushioning. Lightweight cushioning shoes are key for those with high arches. These shoes are built on a curve and feature little to no rigidity.

Best FitHoka One One Bondi 4 ($150), Fit 2 Run, Estero (239-947-2786)

Flat Arches - proper running shoe fit

Flat Arch

Shape of Foot: Little to no arch (flat foot); may result in overpronation or foot rolling excessively inward.

Brooks Addiction 12 - Running Shoe for flat arches and motion control

Types of Shoe: Motion Control. Motion control running shoes feature rigid details at the bottom of the shoe and are usually made from plastic, fiberglass or high-density foam. The extra rigidity keeps the ankle from turning out while the filled-in arch area provides strong stability.

Best FitBrooks Addiction 12 ($120), Foot Solutions, Naples (239-254-5033)

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