How to Select the Right Running Shoe

Getting regular exercise through running is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your health, especially during these colder months. Running offers benefits to your cardiovascular system, a decrease risk of heart disease, and quantifiable boosts in mood and mental health. The only things you need to take advantage of all these benefits is a properly fitted pair of running shoes, and a comfortable/dry place to run!

With all the varieties and styles of athletic footwear available, choosing a running shoe can be a daunting task, especially if you are just starting out.

Here are some helpful tips to help you select the right shoe:

  • Arch assessment: You can quickly get a good idea of what type of arch you have: Wet your feet, and stand on a tile floor and look at the imprint your feet leave behind. If the middle part of the imprint is missing, then you have a high arch. If the entire outline of your foot is visible, then you have flat feet.
  • Shoe type: Depending on your arch and other factors, you may need a neutral, stabilizing, or motion control shoe.
    • Neutral shoes are more flexible and provide cushioning for those who tend to underpronate — meaning the outside of the foot takes most of the shock — due to a high arch.
    • Stability shoes have a moderate amount of arch support for those with arches of average height and who tend to overpronate.
    • Motion control shoes are perfect for people with low arches or flat feet . These shoes offer additional support to the inside part of the foot. They are also a little heavier, and have more support in the heel area.

If you are in the market for some new running shoes, be sure to go to a reputable shoe store with knowledgeable staff, and visit Dr. Robert J. Greene at for help in determining your arch support requirements. Our team at Central Massachusetts Foot Specialists Inc is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest treatments and technologies available.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact our Worcester, MA office by calling (508) 757-3803.