A Guide To Buying The Right Trainers
We don’t sell trainers but years in the fitness business has taught us that choosing the right trainers is critical to an injury free and comfortable running experience. So follow this trainer shopping guide and your feet, knees, hips and back with thank you for ever!
Step 1: Understand Your ‘Foot Type’
1) Over-pronating or flat-footed
2) Normal pronating – your arch will appear about half the width of the widest part of the foot
3) Supinating e.g you have a high arch. Another way to check whether your feet roll is to look at the heal of your shoes.
Did your wet footprints surprise you? If one footprint seems to pronate more than the other we suggest you buy a pair of trainers to fit the foot that is most ‘flat’. You can then get great inner soles that can be shaped to support your feet.
Step 2: Match Your Foot Type To The Shoe Shape
1) Straight for over-pronating feet
2) Slightly curved for normal feet
3) Curved for supinators
If you don’t get the support right it can impact not only on your feet but can cause problems all over your body. Your body tends to compensate for flat feet by allowing your knees to roll in which can become very painful at the knee or create problems else where in the body like the hips.
Step 3: Find A Trainer With The Right Roll Control
If you have type 3) supinating or high arches your feet will struggle with the impact from running unless you buy shoes with a good amount of cushioning.
Step 4: Get The Right Size
Step 5: Try As Many As You Can
Step 6: Don’t Give Up
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