Why are running shoes important?
There's nothing quite like the sensation of a steady rhythm and the peaceful calm that only a good run can provide. At Wiggle we're crazy about getting some run time in! However, one thing we have learned is that having the correct running footwear is an essential part of any healthy running routine.
This Wiggle running shoe guide will help you to chose exactly what's best for you. We'll take you through some simple steps so you can buy your next pair of running shoes with complete confidence.
What foot type are you? What level of pronation?
A key part of finding the correct running shoe is to understand your foot anatomy.
Pronation refers to the way your foot rolls inwards when landing your stride during a walk or run. It is completely natural for everyone to experience some form of pronation, but understanding how your body moves will effect what support is right for you.
Understanding who you are:
- Neutral – You lucky devils! Neutral runners have a wide selection of shoes to choose from. The most important thing is finding what you feel most comfortable in.
- Under pronation – Everybody loves extra support, and that’s exactly what under pronators need. Support is essential for these types of runners with extra cushioning needed to prevent injuries.
- Over pronation – Similar to under pronators, over pronators need support and structure to avoid and inward roll. Your cushioning and support will cover a slightly different area to under pronators so make sure you ask an expert first if you’re confused.
If you are a neutral runner, your foot will land on the outside of the heel then rollercoaster in ever so slightly upon impact with the ground.
When pushing off into a run, you will feel an even distribution from the front of the foot.
Under pronators will feel the outer heel hitting the ground at an increased angle with little pronation.
This causes a large amount of shock through the lower leg and pressure on the smaller toes on the outside of the foot.
Under pronators tend to have high arches and common injuries including ankle strain, shin splints and heel pain.
Over pronators land on the outside of their heel but then roll excessively inwards, transferring weight to the inner edge of the foot instead of the ball of the foot.
Over pronators tend to let their big toes do all the work, and have low or flat arches.
Common injuries include shin splits, hell spurs and bunions.
Not sure if you over-pronate, under-pronate or are neutral?
Check the wear pattern on your shoes:
It's not scientific, but it is a good start! Taking a look at the wear patterns on your shoes can give you a sense of what type of runner you are and where you may need support.
Take a look at the wear patterns below:
2) Under Pronator
3) Over Pronator
Think you have identified which run shoe type you are?
Check out our ranges
IMAGE 1 - Neutral
IMAGE 2 - Under Pronator (Stability Shoes)
IMAGE 3 - Over Pronator (Stability Shoes)