Running and walking are two of the most expected and pure types of exercise available. Modern innovations such as Freon filled centres and pump-it-up tongues demonstrate that knowing which shoes to buy requires a master’s degree. When you choose the wrong athletic shoes, you can be on the couch with glare or dull feet instead of going for a quick walk or run.
While most specialty sport-shoe shops have knowledgeable employees to assist you, getting some necessary information about your feet and their unique needs can bring you ahead of the game. Before you go out and buy new shoes, pay attention to the following expert advice:
Make sure your shoes aren’t multitasking. Walking shoes are stiffer, whereas running shoes are more flexible and cushioned to withstand more impact. If you participate in both events, get a pair for each.
Know what your foot is capable of. Yeah, we all have ten toes and two heels, but feet come in some sizes, and recognizing the foot’s specific characteristics is vital to finding the right pair of shoes. Many big brands now have a standard for every form of the foot.
A “wet test” is one way to assess your foot’s shape: wet your foot, walk on a piece of brown paper, and trace your footprint. Alternatively, take a look at where the most recent pair of shoes had the most wear. You have low arches or flat feet and are prone to overpronation, which means your feet roll inward. Extra wear on the outside heel and inside forefoot may result from overpronation. You’ll want a shoe with motion control and plenty of support. If only part of your forefoot and skin is shown with a narrow relationship between the two – or if your shoes mostly wear out on the outside edge — you have high arches. You tend to underpronate (also called supinate), meaning your feet roll outward. Wear on the outer edge of the heel, and the little toe is caused by underpronation. Look for a soft midsole and a cushioned shoe.
You have such a neutral arch if your footprint has a simple curve inside and your shoes wear regularly. Look for a “stability” shoe that has the correct coating and support combination. Your fingerprint will only show the foot’s front and back if you have a high arc, as seen in the blue picture. There will be a very narrow, if not non-existent, the relation between the heel and the toe. When your feet land, they absorb shock and require additional cushioning. As a consequence, shoes with firm cushioning and less rigid construction are recommended.
Pronation is the inward and downward movement of the medial bones in the foot’s midtarsal area, causing the foot to come down on its inner margin while walking. The foot first hits the ground with the foot’s outer edge in natural and normal pronation, then tilts slightly inwards. Finding comfortable running shoes starts with deciding your pronation form. How do you go about doing it?
When the foot rotates slightly inwards from the heel’s outer edge to the forefoot and toe, this is known as neutral pronation. The foot lands on the outside of the heel, rotate inward, and then lands on the heel’s inside.
It happens when the foot has a natural arch.
Extreme pronation happens when the foot rotates inwards excessively from the heel to the center of the foot. Excessive pronation causes the knee joint to curve to the inside.
It happens because of the sort of foot you have: flat feet.
Supination occurs when the foot’s outer side meets the ground at a greater angle, causing the heel and toe to surge. The knees, tendons, and Achilles’ heel are all overworked in this situation.
It happens when you have a foot with wide arches.
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