to The "Right" Shoe for You
You can make a preliminary judgment about your foot by looking
at the shoes that you wear most often. Find a pair of your favorite
shoes. They don't have to be running shoes. A pair of shoes that
you have worn long enough for the wear pattern on the bottom of
the shoes to be visible will do. Set the shoes on a flat surface
so that you can inspect them from behind. Look carefully at the
wear pattern, especially in the heel.
If all of your shoes are worn slightly on the outside of the heel
and the inside of the sole, chances are that your foot pronates
normally. If the heels of your shoes are worn badly on the inside
but not on the outside, it's likely that you are an overpronator.
If the outside of your heels and soles are worn, you are probably
The Wet Foot Test
You can also take the wet-foot test if you want more information.
With the bottoms of your feet wet (but not soaked), step onto a
piece of paper. If the imprint of your foot looks like a foot, you
probably pronate normally. If the imprint looks like one large blob,
you probably have flat feet and may need motion-control shoes. If
you see separate marks for your heel and the ball of your foot,
with nothing connecting them, chances are you have high arches and
may be able to run comfortably in stable or cushioned shoes.
Once you've determined what kind of foot you have, the next step
is to buy a pair of shoes that are appropriate for your foot. It's
not really all that complicated.
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