3 steps to finding the right running shoe
Running is a high impact sport, so it's imperative that you find the perfect trainer for your individual needs to give you the correct support and prevent injury.
1. identify and select the arch of your foot
You can identify your foot type by doing a "footprint test" by placing your foot in water or paint and stepping on a piece of paper.
Select your foot type below to proceed to the next step.
|High arch: Only the heel and the front of the foot make contact with the ground. It is often rigid and less likely to absorb shock, which causes additional stress to the foot (as well as on the knees, hips and lower back).|
|Neutral arch: The front of the foot and the heel and the outer border of the foot come equally into contact with the ground. A moderately high arch which tends to process impact on the foot through normal pronation.|
|Low arch: Most of the sole of the foot is in contact with the ground. Low arches are more flexible and tend to roll inwards and over pronate.|
|Flat arch: The entire sole of the foot is in contact with the ground. Flat-footed runners tend to have over pronating feet, which generally results in poor natural shock absorption.|
2. identify and select your leg axis
The leg axis is the line which extends from the hip down to your foot along which the knee joint flexes. Research has shown that the movement patterns of the knee affect the biomechanics of the foot. So it is vital that you analyse your leg axis before deciding on a trainer.
Select your leg axis below to proceed to the next step.
|Bow legged: The legs curve outwards like a bow between the ankle and the thigh.|
|Straight legged: The knees and ankles are in line when you are in a standing position.|
|Knock knee: The knees angle in and touch one another when the legs are straightened.|
3. your recommended shoe type
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Please ensure you have made a selection for step 1 and step 2 before being able to view your recommended trainers.