We are always looking for the best athletic wear and shoes are probably the most important piece. Whether you are running or walking the experts suggest purchasing a running shoe. Running shoes are made for heel-to-toe-motion and cater to a wider range of foot types and built to last longer. When exercising and wearing the wrong sneakers you can develop runners knee, plantar fasciitis, and arthritis plus others. When you purchase shoes that “fit your feet” it helps prevent injuries and improve performance. Everyone has a different “foot type” which you need to understand before buying those new pair of sneakers.
This photo shows the wear patterns and where you are putting pressure when you walk. Compare the red areas on the shoes at the right to see which matches your own.
TYPES OF FEET
* If the top outer edge worn your foot type is a SUPINATOR. Your feet tend to have high arches and roll outward. You need sneakers for shock absorption. If you are a runner/walker look for shoes with extra rubber built into the sole with a smoother bouncier gait.
* If the middle of the shoe is mostly worn then your foot is NEUTRAL. You have an average gait with equal weight distribution across the foot. You need a shoe with stability which gives you a balance of cushioning and support. Look for shoes with those crazy soles that kind of look like a slinky, they put a extra spring in your step. It reduces heel slippage and instep strain.
* If the top of the inner edge is worn your foot type is PRONATOR. Your feet roll inward and flat to low arches are common. You need a shoe with motion control or high stability sneakers to keep your feet better aligned with your legs. You will need a shoe with a wide toe box which allows for comfortable lateral movement and the stabilizing roll bars help protect arches.
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Wondering if you are in need of new sneakers? Look at the shoe’s midsole, the cushiony layer between the treads and mesh upper. When you notice deep set wrinkles then it’s time to say goodbye. I personally think it’s time for me to say goodbye to my current sneakers, they have been great for me but I need something new. After researching I am a PRONATOR. What foot type are you?
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