Running Shoes Fitting Guide
One of the most challenging aspects to getting running shoes is not what brand to get, but what type of running shoe to get. There are a number of factors that go into that decision. Two of the main questions should be what type of arch do I have and what type of running shoe do I need, cushioning, stability or motion control? Below you will see how to get a look at what type of arch you have and the different types of running shoes. Also, the following link is a PDF that was created by Rogan's Shoes to help you compare the different types of running shoes across brands. Click on this link to see the guide - Rogans Best Fit Running Guide.
Cushioning Shoes (neutral)
A Neutral Cushioning shoe is best for runners with a high arch who do not pronate effectively. These shoes do not have medial supports but are more concerned with midsole cushioning. The midsole will provide the extra shock absorption that the underpronator needs. Neutral Cushioned shoes also work well for midfoot and forefoot strikers.
Stability shoes are for runners who have normal or medium arches who are mild to moderate overpronators. These shoes have some medial support and good midsole cushioning. Because normal or medium arches are the most common foot type, most runners will need Stability shoes.
Motion Control Shoes
Motion Control shoes are for runners who generally have a low or flat arch and are moderate to severe overpronators. These shoes employ extra support devices on the medial side to slow excessive pronation and tend to have wider and flatter outsoles. Heavier runners who need extra support and durability may also want Motion Control shoes.
Trail shoes are for runners who desire better traction and durability for off-road runs. These shoes tend to be more weather and water resistant. They also have a little stiffer construction for better stability on uneven terrain. Trail shoes can be neutral, motion control or stability shoes. There are trail shoes for men, women and kids.
Running Shoe Guide
Click on the link to see Rogan's Shoes Best Fit Running Guide for reference. Rogans Shoes Best Fit Running Guide.
Focus on the ride. Once you know the type of shoe you need, whether motion-control or stability, then you need to be sure there is no pinching, or a seam that is pressing against your foot. Finally, we recommend people run or walk in the shoe on a clean indoor surface and really focus on the ride, or how the shoe feels from the point when the heel hits the ground to when the toe lifts off the ground
Line up the ball. When you try your shoe on, the ball of your foot (the widest part) should line up exactly with the widest part of the shoe. If that fit is right, the entire foot should line up from the toes to the heel. As for width, when you're standing in the shoe, your foot should rest gently against the sides of the shoe, rather than jamming up against the sides or not touching the sides at all. Also, be sure your toes aren't being pinched from the side. Room in the toe box is essential to a good fitting running shoe. Too many people fit their running shoes too SMALL!
Do not go by your regular size! Running shoes tend to fit small. Some brands can be small in length by a size or more. If ordering online, feel free to give us a call and ask how the shoe fits.
If you have any questions about fit please call us at 1-800-976-4267 and we will gladly assist you with sizing your shoes.
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