Runners need a shoe that is comfortable but also one to prevent injury. Some running shops will employ people who can watch you run and advise you what pair of trainers to choose. Trainers are designed for different purposes and for different shaped feet; a good running shoe will correct pronation and result in a more efficient stride.

 

Foot shape and the correct shoe

 

 

1. The flat foot

This is typical of an overpronated foot. You need a shoe that will counterbablance an inward rolling motion as you are most likely to strike the floor with the outside of your heel first.

Suitable trainers – Those with motion control. This means they are ususally the heaviest and most rigid and have a firmer section under the inner part of your foot.

2. The normal foot

This footprint shoes that the foot is striking the floor biomechanically ‘correctly’. A normal foot will roll inward slightly on contact with the floor.

Suitable trainers – Shoes with emphasis on stability. They usually have moderate control features to support the arch and a lot of cushioning for comfort.

3. The high-arched foot

An underpronated foot (where the foot rolls outward instead of inward). This is the most rigid shock absorber.

Suitable trainers –Those with plenty of cushioning to counter balance the rigid impact of the high-arched foot. Stay away from trainers with stability and motion control (that reduce foot mobility) because this type of foot is already very stable.