It’s impossible to label any shoe as the best running shoe simply because everyone is different, with different needs and abilities. The choice can be overwhelming so we have categorised our shoes as simply as possible to help you make an educated choice. If you are still unsure please email or call us as we have over 25 years experience of fitting running shoes, 7 of which were spent using Gait Analysis to fit running shoes.
It’s very easy for you to get an idea of what shoe type would suit your foot shape by doing the wet foot print test. You will need a bowl of water, a darkish piece of paper (I find a large brown envelope works well) and you. Place one foot in to the bowl, shaking off any excess water as you lift it out. Press your foot onto the paper (try doing this as if you were walking on to it).
Your foot will leave a print which you can then match to our guide below.
If your foot shape matches the print below it would suggest you are a neutral (sometimes refereed to as supination) runner, with an efficient running gait and you're likely to have a normal/high arch.
Neutral (Underpronator) means your foot doesn't pronate (roll inwards) enough during the gait cycle. You would be best suited to a ‘Neutral Runner’ shoe which doesn’t hinder the natural pronation of the foot.
If your foot shape matches the print below it would suggest you have moderate pronation. Moderate pronation simply means your arch will collapse through the gait cycle and the foot will roll inwards.
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Moderate to Severe Pronation
If your foot shape matches the print below it would suggest you have severe pronation and a flat arch. Severe pronation simply means your arch will collapse considerably through the gait cycle and the foot will roll inwards. You would be best suited to a ‘Moderate to Severe Pronation’ shoe which will support and help control the foot through the gait cycle.
These type of shoes normally have built in support on the inside of the shoe and tend to have wide soles for additional stability particularly suited to heavier runners who need more support and cushioning.
When you have decided which foot print best matches the wet print test you have just done click the links above to view those shose or use our ‘Foot Strike’ filter on the footwear page to browse the shoes available.