What type of feet do I have?

When choosing the right pair of running shoes, it comes down to more of an art than science.   A pair of running shoes might be great for one runner but not the right fit for another.  It depends on the purpose of your run, type of surfaces you are planning to run on, weight, and most importantly is the shape and arch of your feet.

It’s easy to find out what type of feet you have.  Simply do the footprint test for your left foot.

  1. Wet your foot (or after you take a shower).
  2. Place a blank piece of paper on the floor in front of you.
  3. Walk normally towards the piece of paper.
  4. Step on the paper with your left foot.
  5. Look at the water mark on the paper.

Running shoes are categorized into 3 major categories to compensate for the 3 major areas that the runners usually need support when running.  Running shoes categorized as follows – cushioned, stability and motion control.  Take note of the following types of feet and what type of foot you have to decide which type of support is right type for you.

truerunning-normalfootNormal Foot

  • Lands: Outside of the heel and rolls inwards slightly.
  • Pronated: Not pronated.
  • Notes: Runner is efficient.
  • Recommended Support: Stability with moderate control.
  • Recommended shoes for normal feet.

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truerunning-flatfootFlat Foot

  • Lands:  Outside of the heel and rolls inwards (pronates) exessively.
  • Pronated: Over pronated.
  • Notes: Might cause injuries in the future.
  • Recommended Support: Motion control or high stablity.
  • Recommended motion control shoes for men and women

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truerunning-higharchedfootHigh Arched Foot

  • Lands: Outside of the heel and toes.  
  • Pronated: Under pronated (rolls inwards).
  • Notes: Might cause injuries in the future.
  • Recommended Support: Cushioned control.
  • Recommended shoes for high arched feet.

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These  are the basic tips for choosing the right running shoes.  Take this knowledge with you when you visit a running store online or in person and let them know what type of foot you have or what type of support you need.   If you choose a pair of shoes that causes you severe pain in your arch or knees, stop using them immediately and contact a local expert.

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  5. 2009 – Top 5 “motion control” running shoes for women’s running
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  7. 2009 – Top 5 neutral running shoes for women’s running



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