Why is it so important to find the right shoe?
Feet strike the ground about 1,700 times per mile while running with up to 4 times body weight. Footwear that is improperly sized or unsuited to your biomechanical and training needs can cause injury at worst, annoyance and possible training interruptions at the very least.
The beloved Chuck Taylor’s dancing above? Sorry. They don’t offer support of any substance.
What is pronation?
When you run or walk, you land on the outside edge of your foot and roll inward. This entirely normal inward rolling is called pronation and is the body’s natural foot strike best designed to absorb shock. For many runners, the pronation stops at a healthy point; however, some runners over-pronate or under-pronate (also called supination). A properly selected shoe will help correct these issues.
- Neutral gait: Optimal foot motion. Requires shoes with a balance of stability and flexibility.
- Over-pronation: Too much motion as the top of the foot rolls inward (a flexible foot). Shoes with stability features reduce this motion. An overpronator generally needs an ‘anti-pronation’ shoe with more support on the inside of the shoe.
- Under-pronation (supination): Not enough foot motion (a rigid foot). When your foot hits the ground it rolls forwards along the outside edge of the foot. This is less common than over-pronation, and there are no shoes specifically designed for a supinated gait, but a flexible, curve lasted shoe often works well.
How do I know if I overpronate or supinate?
Take a look at the soles of a well-worn pair of shoes. An often-made mistake is to think you may supinate when the outside of the heel is worn down, but don’t worry – this heel striking is usually normal. What matters more is where the wear on the forefoot is or how the shoe “sits” – whether it collapses inwards. In the pictures below, the darker areas show the wear on the sole of a right shoe. i.e. an over-pronator would have a heavier wear pattern towards the inside (medial) edge of the shoe.
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