How to Choose the Right Running Shoes For You!
Whether you’re a pro runner or just pounding the pavement for the first time, it’s important to know how to choose the right running shoe for you.
Choosing your running shoes is just like choosing the best mattress or car for yourself – you spend a lot of time in them, so they need to be right for you!
Look at the shape of your feet to see if they are flat, neutral, or high arched (these are the three main foot types). An easy visual test to determine what your foot type is:
- Step your feet into water
- Step onto dry concrete and stand with your weight on both feet evenly
- Step away and look at the imprint your feet have made
Flat feet need their arches lifted into neutral arch position, so look for shoes with inbuilt arch support as these will provide the stability you need. While the arch needs support, it also needs to be comfortable, so always try out several different running shoes to find the one that feels best for you.
High arch feet are basically the opposite to flat feet, and do not need any additional arch support. Choose shoes with neutral cushioning and no specific stability control features.
Normal/neutral feet runners can choose whatever shoe feels most comfortable as their foot arches already provide them with great support. Generally speaking, lightweight, flexible shoes are the winners here.
Remember when shopping for shoes, always do so at the end of the day, when your feet are swollen. Why? Because your feet will swell when you are running, and you want to mirror this increase in size, when you are choosing the right size and fit shoe for yourself.
There are a range of running shoes in the MB Active range, check out the Ladies Sports Runner for those with flat feet; the Running Joggers for those with high arches; and the Lightweight Running Shoes for those with neutral arches.