Looking for a running shoe can be very overwhelming if you don't know what you are looking for. There are so many different running shoes with so many different types of technology. Each of these shoes are built for different foot types. I have worked in shoes for a while now and I always get the same question; "what is the best running shoe?" well, my answer is always the same. The best running shoe is the shoe that feels the most comfortable on your foot and fits your foot the best. So how do you go about finding that perfect shoe? I have outlined 6 simple steps for you to follow.
Step 1: Understand Pronation
Pronation is the rolling of the foot from heel to toe through the foot strike. A proper or neutral foot strike pattern is initially striking with the outside of the heel and moving up to the ball of your foot evenly. This is how your foot reduces the stress of impact.
Overpronation is what it is called when you roll too much to the inside of your foot during your foot strike cycle. This normally happens when you have a low arch or flat foot.
Underpronation (supination) is when your foot rolls too much to the outside. This typically happens if you have a high arch.