Is your foot smiling with your shoe?

With an all-time high number of runners present in the arena it’s a very encouraging sign to see people evolving towards a better lifestyle. In this article, I would like to expound on shoe selection for better running comfort.

Remember the main purpose of wearing a running shoe is for protection and comfort while running and not for performance enhancement. And you should also know that you need to buy a pair of shoes which fits your feet and not try to fit your feet in any shoe. You need to know that the wrong selection of footwear might strain the joints of the leg and may lead to various injuries.

Before selecting your running shoes you need to know your:

1, Foot Type

2, Foot Architecture.


This can be determined by a simple wet blot test, where you would step on a wet towel with bare feet and then place your foot on a dry paper to get an impression like any one of the below:

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0 – High arch foot

1 – Neutral foot

2 – Mild Pronated foot

3 – Hyper Pronated foot

A high arch foot requires shoes which have more cushioning in the heel, since people with a high arch tend to land heavily on their heels. Neutral foot requires shoes which are flexible, light and minimally cushioned. A mild pronation foot requires shoes which have a mild and flexible arch support. People who have hyper pronated feet need to have a motion control shoe which will have a hard arch support. Again remember ….shoes which don’t fit you while you try them in the store will never get adjusted to you as you run with them. Rather you will be negatively adapt yourself to the shoe and this will eventually show up in terms of aches, pain and finally injuries.


Foot architecture merely is the way your foot is designed on an appearance basis. It has mainly to do with the arrangement of toe length and the width of the fore foot. If you have never taken a look at your feet look at them now. They may resemble any one of the below mentioned architectures. Don’t get distracted by any of the names given but pay attention to the way the toes are arranged. The shoes which you decide to buy should be accommodative to the given foot architecture and should not constrain them. I mean the toe box of the shoe should be given equal importance while selecting one. Some women who have a broad fore foot find problems with major brands as, in general women’s shoes are narrow. My suggestion would be to switch to men’s models which have relatively broader toe boxes.

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Always bear in mind, you are not running at the mercy of a GOOD shoe. A good shoe is needed to support your running and not to enhance your running.

Last modified on Monday, 27 April 2015 06:15

Dr.Gladson Johnson

Dr.Gladson Johnson is a practicing Sports Physiotherapist by profession for the past 12 years and a passionate bare foot runner for the past 5 years. He is the founder of Attitude Prime an organization which caters to Sports Injuries and Pain management through “Exercises” . Dr.Gladson Johnson believes that “Exercise Is Medicine

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