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Finding the Right Running Shoe

Published on January 16th, 2020

If you need a pair of running shoes, but you’re confused by the bewildering range of choices, we can help. Finding the shoes that will be best for you is easier than you may think if you keep two basic considerations in mind, the cushion level and your arch type.

Cushion level

With cushioning, you may think “the more the better,” but that’s not necessarily true. Different levels of cushioning are better for certain arch conditions and types of running, and there are five levels to consider.

  • Level 5 – This provides the maximum cushioning, good for high mileage running and maximum impact protection.
  • Level 4 – Also provides a high level of cushioning for long or short daily runs and racing.
  • Level 3 – Provides a good balance between lightweight, moderate cushioning and flexibility. Good for fast-paced daily runs and racing.
  • Level 2 – Extremely flexible with just a light touch of cushioning. Often used by highly competitive runners.
  • Level 1 – The lightest and most flexible design with only a thin level of cushioning. Gives you a barefoot feel while running or walking.

Arch type

Basically, there are three arch types, normal (or medium), low and high, and you can use the “wet test” to determine your type.

  • Normal arch – If you have this arch, you’ve hit the runner’s jackpot, as most runners with this arch type can wear just about any shoe.
  • Low arch – You need a level 5 shoe with maximum cushioned support.
  • High arch – Typically, you run on the outsides of your feet, and you’ll need a neutral shoe that has a small amount of cushioning, possibly level 1 or 2.

We hope these suggestion help, and if you need further assistance, call Alpine Foot Specialists at 847-540-9949 to schedule an appointment.

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