Gym Equipment

Shoe Buying Guide

The best way to buy your running shoes is to visit a specialist retailer such as Simply Running, where you will receive friendly, expert help and advice on choosing the most suitable shoe for you personally.

If it is not possible to get to a specialist shop then you should try and get to know your foot type. The most common and simplest method is the 'Wet Foot Test'. Compare your result with the examples below to get an idea what type of shoe to look for.

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normal foot


Normal feet have a normal sized arch and will leave a wet footprint that has a flare, but shows the forefoot and heel connected by a broad band. A normal foot lands on the outside of the heel and rolls inwards slightly to absorb shock. It is the foot of a runner who is biomechanically efficient.

BEST SHOES: Stability shoes with moderate pronation control features. As an efficient runner, you will have the largest selection of shoes to choose from.

flat foot


This has a low arch and leaves a print which looks like the whole side of the foot. It usually indicates an overpronated foot - one that strikes on the outside of the heel and rolls inwards (pronates) excessively. Over time, this can cause many different types of overuse injuries.

BEST SHOES: Motion control shoes, with relatively firm midsoles and control features that reduce the degree of pronation. Stay away from highly cushioned, highly curved shoes that lack stability features.

high-arched foot


This leaves a print showing a very narrow band or no band at all between the forefoot and the heel. A curved, highly arched foot is generally supinated or underpronated. Because it doesn't pronate enough, it's not usually an effective shock absorber.

BEST SHOES: Cushioned shoes with plenty of flexibility to encourage foot motion. Stay away from motion control and stability shoes, which reduce foot mobility.


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