The Best Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Did you know that there are different foot types? Knowing your foot type is crucial when looking for a new pair of running shoes so you can understand how much cushioning, stability, or motion control your feet need. Rogan's Shoes has created a guide below so you can determine your foot type. Just get the bottom of your foot wet and step on a sidewalk, piece of construction paper or paper grocery bag. Once you check out your wet foot mark, check out the different foot types below to determine which one you are!

Flat Arch (low)

flat arch
If you can see your entire footprint (or almost), you have a flat foot, which means you're most likely an overpronator.  You're an overpronator if a micro-second after footstrike, your arch collapses inward too much, resulting in excessive foot motion and increasing your risk of injuries. The best shoes for mild to moderate pronators are stability shoes that reduce pronation. For severe overpronators, motion-control shoes are the way to go because they have firmer support devices.

High Arch

high arch
If your footprint looks a lot like the photo on the right, you most likely have a high arch, the least common foot type. You are probably an underpronator, or supinator, which means your arch doesn't collapse enough to absorb the shock of your foot striking the ground. This causes too much shock that travels up the legs. Neutral-cushioned shoes with no added stability devices are the perfect fit for people with high arches because they have a softer midsole that encourages pronation.

Normal Arch (medium)

If you see about half of your arch, congrats!  You are a normal pronator, the most common foot type. When the arch collapses inward, this "pronation" absorbs shock. As a normal pronator, you can wear just about any shoe, but may be best suited to a stability shoe that provides moderate arch support. If you're more of a lightweight runner, you may prefer neutral-cushioned shoes without any added support.

Have any questions about your foot type? Ask us in the comments below!