Understanding the shape of your foot, while not as directly related, can also help determine your running style and selecting the right running shoe. An easy way to examine your foot type and the size of your arches is by removing the insole from a pair of your old shoes and looking at the wear pattern.
- Signs of wear will be evenly dispersed on your insole
- Little or no supporting arch
- Likely means you over-pronate – roll your feet inward as you run
If you do notice a inward roll of your feet, you are most likely running with a heel-first contact style
- Signs of wear will show on your fore-foot/toes and heel on your insole
- The arched (inside centre) part of your foot is high
- Main contact points of your foot are fore-foot/toes and heel
- Prone to under-pronation (supination) – roll your feet outward as you run
- Only slight signs of wear will show on the outside edge of your insole along with wear on the fore-foot and heel
- You’re likely unaware of arch sizes as they’re neither high nor low
- Gradual inward curve of your foot
- Least susceptible to injury but can still require some level of support
- Likely have neutral pronation
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