As a general rule, Dr. Cunha says to determine your foot type, you should look at the soles of a worn-in pair of shoes. "The wear pattern illustrates where you are accumulating pressure when you walk," he explains. If your shoes are evenly worn, you have neutral feet and "an average gait with equal weight distribution across the foot."
- Miguel Cunha, DPM, podiatrist and founder of Gotham Footcare
For those with a neutral foot, you need a shoe with moderate to high stability, providing a combination of cushioning and support, according to Dr. Cunha. "A lightweight sneaker that is flexible and can bend and twist more in the middle of the shoe will be sufficient to offer a good balance of cushioning and support," adds Dr. Cunha.
When you're in the store (or online shopping) for your next pair of neutral running shoes, Dr. Cunha says to look for a pair that "present structurally with a flatter sole more uniform throughout without a medial wedge." (A medial wedge is built into the shoe under the arch to prevent the arch from collapsing or rotating inward).
Another pro tip: Purchase your running shoes at the end of the day. Your body isn't in equilibrium at the end of the day, gravity has pulled down the fluid of your body, and this is when your feet tend to be the most swollen, so if the shoes are comfortable then, they're more than likely going to feel comfortable throughout the entire day, he says.
To jumpstart your neutral running shoes shopping spree, Dr. Cunha shares his go-to running shoes for neutral feet. Check them out ahead.
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