If you love running to keep yourself fit, take it up as a sport, or just for recreation, you should buy a pair of good running shoes instead of using your walking shoes. Running shoes will keep your feet more comfort while running on rough terrain or loose surface. But before you buy the right shoes, you must find out your foot type.
Determining Foot Type
Depending on the distance between surface and central part of your foot, called the arch, there are three foot types – pronator, neutral and supinator. You can determine your foot type by observing the wear pattern of your old shoes.
If your shoes wear along the outer edges and the toes, you have a flat arch and your foot type is pronator. If your shoes wear evenly, you have a normal arch, i.e. you have a neutral foot type. If your shoes wear only on the outer edges, you have high arch and a supinator foot type, and need high arch running shoes.
Right Running Shoes for You
To cater to all the three foot types, there are three types of running shoes available in the market – stability shoes, cushioning shoes, and motion control shoes. Cushioning shoes provide higher shock absorption and arch side support. These are best for runners who are pronators. Stability shoes offer balanced support to your feet. So if you are a neutral person you need moderately stable shoes. If you are a pronator you need high-stability shoes. Motion control shoes offer firm heels and are designed for shock absorption. They’re the ones for you if you have a supinator foot.
If you choose the wrong type of footwear, you might find yourself dealing with an injury, including inflammed joints, muscles and other injuries. These causes and treatments of runner’s foot pain can be discussed another time.
Features to Look for in Running Shoes
Besides taking care of your foot type, there are some other basic things that your shoes should take care of. The shoe should have right design for the type of terrain you intend to run on. Road running shoes are sufficient for running on pavements, sidewalks and hard surfaces. The same is true if you are looking at purchasing women’s track shoes.
But if you veer off the road into uneven terrain, you should buy trail running shoes for better cushioning and comfort. The shoe should be the correct fit for your feet. An incorrect fit can cause problems like corns, swelling, twisted ankle or a twisted knee.
Each of the above features of women’s shoes will help you decide on the type, weight, support and flexibility you require. Don’t let the restrictions stop you, and everyone’s foot is unique, and the scale of those items will change based on the footwear you look at.
Here are some of the most popular common women running shoes to give you an idea about what to look for when buying running shoes.
Mizuno Women’s Wave Rider 16 Running Shoe
Mizuno Women’s Wave Rider 16 Running Shoe have a breathable upper mesh that moves with your foot to eliminate stress. Its Sockliner Smooth Ride Engineering™ creates a smooth transition from heel to toe and Mizuno Wave thermal plastic structure provides cushioning from heel to mid foot. It has a midsole venting system that helps release foot moisture. its Forefoot Flex Controllers allow increased flexibility while running.
New Balance Women’s 990 Heritage Running Shoe
New Balance Women’s 990V3 Running Shoe are made of leather and mesh fabric and have a synthetic sole. Its blown rubber forefoot provides cushioning to the feet while running. Its soles have dual-density collar foam, which provide better support.
ASICS Women’s GEL-Kayano 20 Running Shoe
The ASICS Women’s GEL-Kayano 20 Running Shoe offers a blend of stable support and stretchy comfort, which is ideal for a neutral to pronator feet type.