You would think shopping for running shoes would be easy, right? Well after stepping out to purchase a pair of running shoes I clearly hadn’t thought about it enough. This guide will help you through the jargon to find a shoe with the perfect fit.
There’s no single ‘best shoe’ – everyone has different needs. Think about your weight, the surfaces your shoes will be on and the shape of your feet. The first rule is that the fit matters more than anything else. Even if they are the latest and best looking pair of shoes, if you pick shoes with a bad fit then you will end up with discomfort and joint problems.
One way to determine your foot’s shape is to do a ‘wet test’. Wet your foot, step on a piece of paper and trace your footprint. If your footprint shows the entire sole then you have a flat foot. If it shows only a portion of your forefoot and heel with a narrow connection between the two then you have a high arched foot. If you can see about half of your arch then you have the most common foot type.
There are three types of feet that we will discuss below:
The Normal Foot: they have a normal sized arch and lands on the outside of the heel. This type of foot doesn’t need a motion control shoe. This type of foot is considered a normal pronator and you can just about wear any type of shoe but the best type of shoe is a stability shoe.
The Flat Foot: This has a low arch and would leave a print that would look like the whole sole of the foot. If you’re flat-footed, you’re most likely an overpronator, which means that your feet roll inward when you run. They should look for motion control shoes or high stability shoes with firm midsoles.
The High-Arched Foot: this leaves a print showing a very narrow band or no band between the forefoot and the heel. If you have high arches you probably underpronate. The best shoes are cushioned shoe with plenty of flexibility.
Buying shoes without trying them on is like buying a car without test-driving it. It is important to know your type of foot so that you can select the correct type of shoe. Jog or walk a little in the store to make sure that they will be comfortable and you will get good use out of them. Happy shoe shopping!
St Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday celebrated all over the world on March 17. Named after Saint Patrick, the day has seen its association with the colour green continue to grow.
And what better way to celebrate the day than by digging that green dress out of your wardrobe or better yet….. a perfect excuse for some retail therapy.
I have been obsessed with some very funky shoes for a long timen from , and as soon as I remembered St Patrick’s Day was coming up, I didn’t need any more time for thinking. My computer was turned on, the credit card was whipped out, and two days later tadaaaa my brand new green shoes arrived in the mail.
Green shoes your may ask? Well why not get in the spirit and wear something unique to celebrate this St Paddy’s day!
With Daylight Savings in effect many of us are pulling our running shoes out of the bottom of the closest or in from the garage to find it has been the dogs chew toy over winter. Time to go shopping for a new pair…
Mizuno are one of my favourite brands as I have always found the show to be of a high quality, at a good price all without compromising on comfort and support.
Mizuno has brought out the Inspire 6. Reviews note that with its low profile and barely there upper design, the Inspire feels downright zippy, especially for a stability shoe. Shoe Lab tests reveal surprisingly soft cushioning and flexibility for such a lightweight shoe, but there isn’t enough firm stability underfoot for Clydesdales or heavy pronators. Testers loved the Inspire’s weight and breathability, and some even thought it was a performance trainer. Runners World are recommending this for runners with normal to low arches looking for a workhorse training shoe.
For all you ladies out there who are always hunting for the perfect shoe and can never find it, I have found the perfect solution.
At Shoes of Prey, you will find a team of highly skilled artisans dedicated to crafting shoes just the way we like them. Here you can choose the kind of shoe you are after, pick the colours you would like the shoe to be and also what you would like the shoe to be made out of whether it be Italian leather to suede to fish skin. The team at Shoes of Prey will then make your very own shoe to match your request.
This is bound to ensure you never find someone with the same shoe as you. How fantastic is that!
While these shoes don’t come cheap ranging $200 - $500, it is definitely worth it when you need a specific shoe to go with that particular dress for that special occasion, and if the shoes you designed look better on the screen than on your feet, you have 30 days to return them and get your money back.