I was thinking back on my days of shoe selling this weekend and reminiscing on all of the knowledge that I used to impart on customers. It reminded me on how important it is to wear the right running shoe for your foot, so I thought a good review on how to properly fit a shoe might be in order.

You obviously won’t be fitting your own running shoes since you can’t get a good look at your feet without totally distorting every angle, but there are things to


The Saucony ProGrid Guide has a gray color on the outer sole, a clear indication of a stability shoe.

keep in mind. First, how do you (or how does the person you’re fitting) stand? Do their ankles turn in towards each other? Are the arches flat or mostly flat? When squatting, do the knees knock together, not going straight down? This is a pronator, and pronators need stability. Stability shoes are traditionally marked with a stiff, gray-colored foam on the inside outer sole.

If the ankles do not roll in but instead stand in a straight line, this is a neutral stance. When squatting, the legs go in a straight vertical line down and up. The arch has a modest curve upwards. Neutral runners do not need correction. By far and large, they have the widest variety of shoes to pick from.

Lastly, there are the people with such high arches, you could drive a car under them. These are the supenators or under pronators. Their ankles face AWAY from each other. This type of stance requires a high- cushioning shoe, something that is built up around the outside part of the outer sole.

Of course there are many things to consider. Don’t do this if you don’t know what you’re doing; see a professional. And if your feet hurt when running? Definitely go get fitted.