1 Easy Trick for Picking the Perfect Sneaker

Worried about foot pronation? Turns out it doesn't really matter (at least not when you're picking out running shoes)For years now, we’ve heard that you need to know your “foot pronation” (how your foot wall rolls when you run) and your “impact factor” (where your foot strikes when running and with how much force) in order to find a pair of sneakers that will keep you from getting hurt.

Well…forget all that! Research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine says none of that really matters. What is important? How comfy your foot feels in a shoe!

While researchers didn’t specify a quantifiable type of comfort, they did say, “It seems that shoe comfort is important for running injuries as well as running performance.” They also threw some shade at previous ideas about the ‘right way’ to choose running shoes: “Two variables that were thought to be the prime predictors of running injuries are not valid,” the study authors bluntly state.

So, what does this all mean for us runners? If you’ve ever found yourself panic-struck by the variety of athletic shoes facing you in a running store, take a deep breath. If the shoe feels good on you, chances are, you’ve made a smart choice. Train wisely with your comfy new kicks and you’ll have as good a chance as anyone at avoiding running injuries.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.