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How to choose the running shoes that suit you

Oct 31, 2019

Which type of running shoes is right for you, this requires you to understand your foot type and gait type.

The human foot usually has a normally curved arch structure, which we call the "foot arch." When doing a wet footprint test, there will be a missing piece in the middle of the footprint. According to the size of the missing part, the human foot can be divided into normal foot, flat foot and arch foot.

Wet footprints test foot type

Put your right foot with water or ink on a piece of white paper. Find the point at the widest point on both sides of the footprint and draw two parallel lines vertically. Find the point closest to the vertical line on the right side of the missing arc in the middle of the footprint. After that, draw a vertical line. The left side is area A and the right side is area B. The foot type is determined according to the proportion of the A and B areas.

Normal foot type

The ratio of areas A and B is close to 2:1.

Features: This type of foot is usually used to move the ground on the outside of the foot, and the ankle will bend slightly inward, which can effectively absorb the vibration.

The most suitable running shoes: running shoes that provide certain stability.


In general, a pair of shoes that conform to the normal foot of the biomechanical arch, there is no need to wear shoes that improve exercise control.

Flat feet: The ratio of areas A and B should be less than or equal to 1:1. Zone A is smaller than the footprint of a normal foot.

Features: The arch is very short and the footprints look like the entire sole. When running, the foot usually landed on the outside and the ankle showed excessive outward bending. A long time will result in varying degrees of fatigue damage.

The most suitable running shoes: control the lowering of the arch, strong soles, can provide motion control, or high stability running shoes.

Reminder: Avoid running shoes with good shock absorption because they are relatively lacking in stability.

Bow type foot: The ratio of A and B areas should be greater than 2:1. Area A is larger than the footprint of the normal foot type.

Features: The footprints show a narrow imprint. In severe cases, there is no zone B. This type of foot is usually in an external rotation state and has good flexibility. The arch itself does not provide sufficient shock absorption.