Whether you are a seasoned athlete with a race or two under your belt, or if you’re a newbie wishing to get into running, nothing is as important as a good shoe, which in essence, comes down to the height of your arch. This diagram to the right gives you a quick glance at the different foot types discussed below.
Flat Feet: You have little or no arch, which is sometimes called an over-pronated foot (one that rolls inward while walking). Look for motion control or high stability shoes with firm midsoles to reduce pronation. Our pick: adidas Supernova Control 9 ($99 @ Zappos.com)
Normal/Average: You have a neutral foot that pronates just slightly as it strikes the ground, making it a naturally effective shock absorber. A basic stability shoe is best. Our pick: Saucony Progrid Omni 6 ($110 @ Shoebuy.com)
High-Arched Foot: Your foot has a very high arch. Because only a portion of the outer part of your foot makes contact with the ground when you strike, you need a cushioned shoe with a flexible, curved arch to absorb impact. Our pick: Wave Creation 8 ($130 @ Shoes.com)
A Tip for Everyone: Shop in the evening when you’re feet are their biggest, and bring the socks you plan to wear when running so you can get the best idea of how you’ll feel while exercising.
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