Help me choose a running shoe

 

Here are two simple tests that can you do in your own home that will help you work out what type of running shoe is the most suitable for you.

Running shoe are categorised according to whether the runner needs support or not. If you over-pronate when you run (roll inwards) then you will need a support running shoe ,if you don't you need a neutral shoe.

TEST 1
The Squat test
Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart and your feet facing straight forwards (not facing inwards or outwards)
Then gently bend down into a new position. Look down at your knees and check to see where they are pointing as your bend. Do your knees point inwards? if so, you are likely to be an over-pronator.
Are they pointing straight forwards, in line with your second toes? if so, you are likely to be a neutral runner.
Are they pointing outwards? if so, you are likely to be a neutral runner or supinator.
TEST 2
The single leg squat test
This is a bit harder, so if you need to steady yourself by holding onto a wall or someone else; please do! Again, stand with your legs shoulder-width apart and your feet facing straight forwards (not facing inwards or outwards).
Then gently squat down on your right leg only. Then do it with your left leg too. Look down at your knees each time and check to see where they are pointing as you bend down. Do your knees point inwards? if so, you are likely to be an over-pronator.
Are they pointing straight forwards, in line with your second toes? if so, you are likely to be a neutral runner.
Are they pointing outwards? if so, you are likely to be a neutral runner or supinator.
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