Last week I taught you how to define your foot type. Taking that knowledge combined with the knowledge of parts of a running shoe, you will be able to find the right shoe for you and your feet.
Parts of a Running/Cross Training Shoe(for walking)
- Outsole: the part of the outside of the shoe that comes into direct contact with the ground. Flip the shoe over and look to see if the outsole is straight , semi curved or curved -usually with the arch area “cut out”.
- Midsole: a shoe’s cushioning system located between the outsole and the upper of the shoe. It may be soft and high cushion or it may be more dense to control excessive motion.
- Insole: Inner liner of the shoe. Typically taken out if one wears an orthotic.
- Heel Counter: an internal or external piece of the shoes that wraps around the heel to provide additional support to heel portion of the foot.
Outsole: straight lasted
Midsole: dual density(motion-control)
Insole: re-moveable for an orthotic
Heel: external heel counter for additional support
Outsole: Curve lasted
Midsole: cushioned, flexible
Heel: no heel counter needed
For more information click here to learn ways to functionally stretch and functionally strengthen to improve your walking/running.