Are you an over-pronator?
This image illustrates a normal-sized arch. The imprint of the foot has a flare but shows the forefoot and heel connected by a thick band.
A normal foot usually makes contact with the ground on the outside of the heel and rolls inwards slightly to absorb the impact.
This type of foot type is biomechanically efficient and thus does not require a motion control shoe.
Good fit: Stability running shoes with moderate control features. RD Shoe Finder
The flat foot runner has a low arch and imparts a print which displays the entire sole of the foot. This is what we call in the running shoe world an over-pronated foot.
The heel takes most of the impact and foot rolls inwards on impact – or pronates – excessively. This is the cause of many long-term overuse injuries if the correct running shoes are not used to counteract the technique.
Good fit: We recommend high stability running shoes or motion control running shoes that possess firm midsoles and control features that can decrease the level of pronation. In this case, we would advise you to avoid ultra-cushioned or highly curved shoes, which lack the desired stability measures. RD Shoe Finder
This high arched foot print illustrates a very narrow band – or in extreme examples, no band at all – between the forefoot and the heel.
A curved, highly arched foot is typically under-pronated and does not naturally absorb shock effectively.
Good fit: Cushioned or 'neutral' shoes provide the flexibility and shock absorption desired to promote foot motion.
We would advise that you avoid using motion control or stability shoes, which will have the reverse effect. RD Shoe Finder