Portland Personal Trainer | What to look for in a running shoe | Portland, Oregon

We see advertisements everyday for the best new shoe out there for runners.  It’s sleek, light weight, and has a nice look to it overall.  The fact of the matter is, this shoe might be great for some, but it’s not going to be the right shoe for all.  Knowing your feet is an essential ingredient to picking out the pair that is a best fit for you.

  1. Know your shoe size.  If it has been awhile since you had your foot fitted, have a store employee measure your foot with a Brannock device.  A little wiggle room is okay, but a lot is not going to supply you with the support you need.
  2. Know your arch.  Is your arch high, neutral, or flat?  Test is by seeing the foot print you leave after exiting the pool or getting out of the shower.  If your arch appears very thin, you have a high arch. If your arch appears as wide as your foot, you’re flat footed.
  3. Know how your foot moves with each stride.  As runners, we’ve heard of the terms supination and pronation, but how do we know which category we fall into without visiting a podiatrist?  Simple.  Take a look at the wear on an old pair of running shoes.  If the outside of your foot is worn, you supinate.  If the inside of your shoe is worn down, you pronate. If you find that the ball of your foot and heal are worn, you have a neutral stride.
Once you’ve gathered this information, bring it to a store that specializes in running shoes to get the pair that’s right for you. When you get them, let your Portland personal trainer know that you got new shoes and to right the date down for your records. The reason we say this is because if you feel pain outside when running or start getting aches and pains after a few weeks of months running on those shoes, it may be time to change them again, but it is good to see the date when purchased and how much tread is left. The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington Street, Suite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241