Finding a running shoe might seem like a simple thing to do, but finding the right running shoe is a whole different story. In an article written by Jeffrey Ross of the website Podiatry Network, he explains the simple but often overlooked aspects of a running shoe as well as matching it with your foot type.
A running shoe is made up of the uppers, outersole, heel counter, and midsole. The “uppers” is the upper part of the shoe that is made of a certain material with padding in both the front and back to help with pressure caused to the foot. The “outersole” is what many people refer to as the “sole” of the shoe. It is the rubber part of the shoe that meets the ground. It is important to find a sole that is best for which surface you will be running on. The “heel counter” is the “the inflexible material surrounding the heel. It must be made of a material that is both rigid and durable to support and stabilize the heel.” Having a supportive heel counter will help you not feel stiffness or be uncomfortable after a long run. The “midsole” is quite possibly the most important aspect of a running shoe. It provides cushioning and absorption as your foot makes contact with the ground over and over again.
Apart from knowing the important parts of what goes into a good shoe, knowing your foot type is key in keeping your feet in the best position possible when running. Not everyone’s foot is the same and that is why there are many shoe models for different types of feet. One of the biggest things to consider when shopping for a shoe is to know how much your feet arc. Certain shoes are made for people with higher arcs and for others lower arc. You should also look into your foot width as well. Avoiding unnecessary pressure is instrumental in being comfortable in your shoes.
Running is a common component to many peoples’ workouts and it is important to choose the best shoe for you.