Whether you’re flat-footed, normal footed, or downright big-footed, there’s a shoe out there that’s perfect for you. Try some of these sneakers that accommodate to your unique foot shape, and you’ll be ready to hit the ground running in no time.
Flat-footed people have no inward curvature of the foot form their toes to their ankle. If you look at your foot and see no arch, you may want to consider buying sneakers that maintain your stability. If you’re flat-footed, you’re most likely an over pronator, which means that your feet roll inward when you run, so it’s also not a bad idea to invest in orthotics, custom-made shoe inserts. When shopping for sneakers that accommodate to flat feet, look for words such as “stability” and “motion control.”
Asics Gel-Evolution 6, for example, “provide maximum support for flat arches and feet that turn inward.” Additionally, a special thermoplastic in the midsole provides smooth transitions through each step, and extra shock-absorbent cushioning in the heel and forefoot helps you “feel like you’ve got a built-in spring” in the New Balance 940, which comes in four width sizes to ensure the right fit for your foot.
Conversely, high-arched feet need to be dressed in flexible running shoes with a soft midsole that absorbs shock. High-arched feet upinate or underpronate, meaning that feet roll outwards while running. It’s very important that runners with high arches periodically re-measure their feet because running will cause their arches to gradually fall, making their feet longer. Look for the words “flexible” or “cushioned” included in their descriptions when shopping for your next pair of sneakers. The Saucony Grid Cohesion NX not only provides the comfort and support that high arched feet need, but consumers also rave about its superior traction capabilities.
If your foot doesn’t fall into either of those categories, you have a “normal” foot; that is, it only has an inward curve of about ¾ of an inch. If you have normal feet, you have the luxury of choosing from a wide variety of shoes, just as long as they don’t counteract your foots natural movement. The best neutral shoe is the superlight Nike LunarElite+ 2, which provides just the right amount of stability and cushion.
If none of these tips give you that “Cinderella moment” when trying on new kicks, consider getting re-measured or taking a footprint test in order to accurately identify the exact shape of your foot. Whether you’re training for the next marathon or just looking to shed a few pounds on the treadmill, remember to always do so in style and safety.