Finding The Right Mizuno Running Shoes For Your Feet
There is no one pair of running shoes which will meet everyone’s needs as everyone will have different requirements. All kinds of factors, including the surfaces you run on, your weight, shape of your feet and biomechanics will determine which type of running shoes fit you best.
Types Of Running Shoes
Running shoes can be divided up into three main categories; motion control, stability control and cushioned, as well as three minor categories of off-road, racing and performance. The first three are designed for everyday running and as such are categorised based on biomechanical needs, whilst the second three are specialist and ones most people would only use as their spare second pair for specific occasions.
If you are determined to find a really great pair of Mizuno running shoes, then it is a good idea to visit either an experienced shoe retailer or a biomechanics expert to determine your shoe needs. You can also do a test at home to get a better idea of the shape and pressure areas of your foot; simply wet your foot and walk along a piece of paper. This should show you which area of your foot you tend to lean on the most and thus should be able to help you choose a running shoe with the correct amount of stability.
There are three shapes of foot which are commonly seen during this at home test. Firstly, the ‘normal’ foot; this tends to have a normal sized arch, neither very high nor low and should land on the outside of the heel when the person walks and roll inwards, which absorbs shock. Biomechanically, this foot is what experts would call ‘efficient’ and as such will not need any motion control running shoes. Instead, stability running shoes which come with moderate control features are best.
The flat foot typically has a low arch and will leave a footprint which resembles the entire sole of the foot. This is almost always an indication of an over-pronated foot, which strikes on the heel’s outside and tends to roll inwards too much. Over the course of time, this can cause quite a variety of injuries. High stability shoes which have control features and firm midsoles are great, as these reduce the degree of pronation. Those with this shape of foot should avoid highly curved, highly cushioned shoes which tend to lack stability.
High Arched Feet
Lastly, there is the high arched foot; this usually leaves behind a very narrow band between the heel and the forefoot, when a footprint is made. Highly arched curved feet tend to be either under-pronated or supinated and because these feet do not pronate enough, they cannot usually absorb shock very well. For those with high arches, the best type of running shoes are ‘neutral’ or cushioned ones, which have plenty of flexibility so that they encourage the motion of the foot. Stability or motion control shoes which will reduce mobility should be avoided.
It is worth investing some time in determining the needs of your feet for running, as the right shoes will ensure you avoid injury and can enjoy yourself, whether you are just going for a morning jog or training for an upcoming race.
Olivia Harrington writes regularly on running and footwear for a wide range of athletics websites and blogs. She runs marathons each year and likes to wear Mizuno running shoes for her training and races. See www.mizuno.eu for further information.