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Just as every runner is unique, so is every running shoe. When selecting a running shoe, take into account the type of your training and the frequency of it. Do you run? Walk? Do cross-fit? Boot-camp? Take fitness classes? A shoe should fit comfortably; it should not be so tight that your toes press against the front of the shoe. It’s also important to make sure your laces are not tied too tight; this may compromise circulation in your feet and cause unnecessary strain on the bones in your foot.
The three broad categories that have defined running shoes are: Neutral Cushioning, Structured Cushioning, and Maximum Support. They are designed to work with the natural movement of your foot, providing a more efficient stride and sometimes providing the extra arch support or cushioning that some people want or need. How you run and if you excessively pronate plays a great part in a shoe’s ability to enhance your running experience.
Pronation is not a bad word! Pronation is a normal, natural rolling motion that helps to attenuate shock. Some runners find that their foot does not roll all the way in, making the foot work harder to push off properly. This is known as under-pronation (or supination). Conversely, a foot that rolls inward too much in known as over-pronation. Runners who under-pronate (supinate) would be best fitted with a comfortable, Neutral/ Structured cushioned shoe while over-pronators have better success with a Guidance or Maximum Support shoe.
We, at FIT TRI RUN, believe in “natural running”. We believe that the body is an amazing machine and we can do things to remediate certain issues. We are more than happy to teach you exercises, drills and positions to enhance the strength, mobility, flexibility and health of your foot– just ask us!
The shape of your foot is an important consideration when being fit for a shoe. Different styles of shoes have different shapes (if you look at the sole). The width of your foot is also important; some people benefit from a wider shoe.
A runner with a high arch may experience shock transmission through the lower legs and may want to choose shoes from the Cushioning Category or those shoes that meet the needs of Under Pronating to Neutral runners.
Runners with normal arches typically experience minimal biomechanical problems and should select those shoes from the Structured Cushioning Category or those shoes that meet the needs of the Neutral to Over Pronating runners.
Just because you have flat feet does not mean you over-pronate. Persons with a flat foot may want to avoid a narrow shoe.
If someone with a flat foot also over-pronates, then he/she may do best by choosing a shoe from the Guidance or Maximum Support category.
At FIT TRI RUN we offer great service with great selection of shoes. You may be able to find a few of our shoes- especially older models- on the internet or in big chain stores but just know that every style of every shoe changes every single year. What worked for you one year may not work for you the next. Or what fit correctly one year may not fit correctly with the newer version. Sometimes the size or fit varies. Sometimes the feel of the shoe changes. Sometimes the size or shape of our foot changes. Every time you need to get a new pair shoes, it’s best to get fit all over again.
Let us help you find the best shoes for you so you can enjoy your feet and your body remain happy and healthy and spend your time and money wisely.