If you are wondering what type of running shoe is best for you, there are a lot of factors to consider:
- How active are you?
- What sport/activity do you participate in the most?
- What is the structure of your foot? (ex. high or low arches)
For the best type of running shoe, go to a specialty running shoe store or be evaluated by a physical therapist. There are a lot of factors that make up the structure of a shoe. Here is a rough guideline on the different types of running shoes.
- Stiffer than neutral shoes - more supportive
- For over-pronator or low or flat arches
- Have medial post on inside arch - hard, dense foam from the middle arch to back of heel
- Similar to stability - have medial post, but generally less support and shorter post
- More for only moderately low arches, or mild overpronation
- Heavy, dense shoes that don’t allow any movement inwards or outwards
- Long, heavy medial post and are very stiff
- Made for those who have no arch and need lots of support - generally not recommended
- Supposed to mimic running barefoot