Admit it! To choose the right shoes for your feet is overwhelming. Everything is great in the beginning. However, after 2-3 runs, it is a completely different story. So, if you are searching for proven ways to choose your shoe, you have come to the right place. In this guide, you will learn  – strategies to pick a new running shoe along with different ways to make your existing shoe comfortable.

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Without further ado, let’s jump in and see what you need to keep in mind when you are purchasing your next best running shoe. 


10 Tips to choose the right shoes for your feet

When choosing a running shoe, you must understand the purpose of the shoe apart from the obvious.

Are you looking for stability running shoes, or something more neutral?

Extra cushion for the heels or arch support. Be very clear about what you want.


Based on the type of running, there are basically two types of shoes:


These shoes are meant for flat or concrete surfaces. Such surfaces are hard and unforgiving.

So, you will not get the comfort of striking your foot against mother earth, who serves as a natural cushion.

Hence, your chances of getting an injured knee or feet are less.

So while selecting a shoe for such a surface, see to it that it has an ample amount of cushion, flexibility, light, and flexible. 

Also, if you have under pronation, then you must also check the stability of the shoes. 


If most of your runs are on trails, then look for shoes that are specifically made for such purpose.  

Trails, though provide a lot of natural cushioning, comes with their own set of challenges.

Most of the time you will find yourself battling against rocks, mud, tree roots, and much more.

Hence, this kind of shoes will have aggressive treads for better support and stability.

Also, it will provide additional protection to your underfoot. 

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Your Feet:

Every individual is different. Your body is unique and so is your feet.

That is more the reason for you to invest time to choose the right shoes for your feet.

So based on the arch of the sole,  you will fall into one of the following categories.

High arches or Cavus Foot

In this kind of foot, the middle portion of the foot forms a deep upward curve.

So, your body weight is mainly supported by the balls of the feet and your heel.

If you try to run longer you may end up having severe pains in your feet. 

For this, you will have to have a well-cushioned shoe.

If your shoe doesn’t provide such kind of support, then you must get arch support insoles for you.

Medium to Normal Arch

The benefit of having a medium to the normal arch is that your entire body weight is evenly distributed throughout your feet.

Hence, you are spared from the additional nurturing that our above friends go through. 

However, that doesn’t mean that you abuse your feet.

You must give enough foot love when you are selecting your shoe.

It should be comfortable to wear and it should give you enough support during your strides.

One of the best things about your feet is that you can also use, minimalist shoes if you want.

Flat feet

Flat feet is another extreme where your entire feet touch the ground.

However, it does not necessarily mean that you will have some sort of problem.

If your feet roll too much inwards, then you may start having pain in your feet, ankles, lower legs, hips, and/or lower back.

The type of shoe that will suit you best is the motion-controlled ones.

How can you find out your feet type?

Fortunately, it is very easy to find out your feet type so that it is somewhat easier to choose the right shoes for your feet.

Wet Water Test:

Pour some water on your feet, and then stand on the dry floor or some colored paper.

Your sole will make any of the below marks on the floor or the paper.

So now you know what kind of feet you have. 

Don’t skip this step as this one is essential to choose the right shoes for your feet.

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In an ideal situation, the foot should not roll in or out, when you walk or run.

However, this is seldom the case. In most situations, your feet will either roll inwards or outward.


Here your feet roll inside. Your shoe will have more wear and tear near the balls of your big toe.

If the condition is severe, then you are more liable to get foot and knee pains.

Hence a well-cushioned shoe is a must for you.

Under Pronation

Here the foot rolls outward during walking or running.

You can find this out by checking the wear and tear of your shoe sole.

It will be more worn out, near the little toe of your feet.

If you have this kind of feet, you are prone to stress fracture, shin splints, tendonitis, and muscle strains.

Your shoe should be exceptionally well-cushioned and should allow your foot to be as natural as possible.

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Shoe Flexibility

If you run for a longer duration, then a minimalist shoe like these ones are not good for your feet.

Though these shoes provide great flexibility, they lack in the department of support. 

Hence, if you run for more than 30 min, then you need something which is much more supportive. 

Otherwise, you may end up hurting yourself and have to wait for a long time before you can go on another long run. 

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Match your shoe with your feet 

Now that you have understood, the basic aspects of a shoe selection here is a guide which will help you to match the shoe to your feet so that it is easier for you to choose the right shoes for your feet.

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Buying Shoes: Things to remember

When you buy your newer running shoe, please keep the below points in mind. 

This will help you to choose the right shoes for your feet more easily.

Room for Swelling

As part of the natural process, our feet swell from day to day activities.

Hence, while buying new shoes, you must keep that in mind.

It should not be something huge, only a toenail-length room should be sufficient.

Best time to try shoes

As you know that the feet swell, your feet is at its largest at the end of the day.

Hence, this is your best bet when buying new shoes.

You will always have a comfortable fit, throughout the day.

Consider your gears

If you want to choose the right shoes for your feet you have to be very meticulous about your approach.

There are some of us, who wear some kind of gear under their shoe like bunion splint.

So, if you buy something without testing the fit, wearing the gears inside the shoe, you will obviously have a very tight fit later on.

Another aspect to consider is your socks.

If you have a habit of wearing socks inside your shoes, please, take them with you and wear them while trying on shoes.

As a rule of thumb, if you wear gears inside your shoes wear them while trying on shoes.

This will save you a lot of pain and money. 

Comfort is king

When you are buying a new shoe, the most important aspect is your own comfort.

If you are not comfortable wearing it, you will never be able to wear it.

This is especially true for runners who run for long miles or have special feet condition.

So, if you need an extra pair of insoles, to make you feel comfortable, do get one.

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Some Must Know tricks

To choose the right shoes for your feet, knowing how to do it is not enough.

There are other aspects which will make the fit more comfortable.

Lacing Techniques

No matter how much effort you put in selecting your shoes, it happens often that you cannot find that sweet spot of comfort and fit. 

It can be due to various reasons.

Your heels may slip, you have high arches, or may be suffering from a painful bunion.

You would be amazed to know that with the same shoe you can get a much better fit.

The only change that you have to do is to apply a different lacing technique.

I’ve provided some of the techniques for your reference.

However, if you don’t find one, specific to your needs, let me know, I’ll try my best to find it out.

But don’t think of it as the replacement of choosing the right shoes for your feet.

It is just a supplemental technique.

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Shoe Replacement

Runners tend to develop an emotional connection with their gears, especially with shoes.

I know this because I’m also a runner and choosing the right shoes for your feet is a pretty hefty task.

So, due to emotion and the tediousness of the task, we tend to avoid it.

A word of caution.

No matter how much you train for your upcoming marathon, you will end up hurt, if you don’t replace your shoes at a proper interval.

If you are confused, this guide may help you to decide on the time.

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Here is the entire infographic for your reference

Let’s be honest, to choose the right shoes for your feet is not an easy job. So, here is the entire infographic for your ready reference.

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Now is the time for you take action. Go ahead and choose the right shoes for your feet.

Madhusree Basu

Madhusree Basu

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Blogger and a fitness enthusiast. She loves running and Yoga and everything in between. She started running to manage her weight and to eat to her heart’s content. A true foodie at heart she shares whatever knowledge she has gained throughout the years about weight management and fitness.

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