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Structured Running Shoes

Buying Guide for Structured Running Shoe

SEP 8 2008

In the development of running shoes, manufacturers consider several things before releasing a new product into the market. Aside from the design, the style and the color, manufacturers also consider the type of foot their clients have.

They apply science and technology to their products. They have nailed shoe making into an exact science. According to them, people have 3 different types of feet.

3 types of structured running shoes for 3 different types of feet:

  • Running shoes structured for flat feet
    There’s a type of running shoes that is structurally designed for flat feet. How would you recognize if you have flat feet? Simple, just look at your feet first. If your feet have no or little inward arch from the heel to the toe then you have flat feet. Another way to check is to stand over a piece of paper with wet feet. You’ll visually see that you have flat feet because of the imprint. If the foot imprint completely occupies the paper then indeed you have flat feet. These are the characteristics that you have flat feet. The running shoe industry refers to this type of feet as an overpronator. This type of feet needs stability in their running shoes.  
  • Running shoes structured for high arched feet
    High-arched feet are another concern for the running shoes industry. Unlike the flat feet, the high arch feet have an inward curvature in between the heel and toes. This type of feet can not wear running shoes designed for flat feet because what it needs in running shoes is cushion and not stability. The industry also refers to this feet style as underpronators. If you try walking on sand with this style of feet, you will produce skinny foot prints especially in the middle part.  
  • Running shoes structured for normal feet
    The third type of running shoes is made for normal feet. This type is the most common of all 3 types of feet. They have a natural inward arch but not as high and not as flat either. They can wear most types of running shoes. They just have to avoid shoes that are made for stability and shoes that are made for cushion.  

Other factors that running shoe manufacturers consider:

  • Size of the feet
    The internal sizes, measurements and overall fitness of the shoe to the feet also matter. Poor measurement sizes can alter the integrity of the shoes and cause injury to consumers.
  • Weight
    Another factor that affects running shoes is its weight. Manufacturers can’t produce shoes that are too heavy nor too light. Such stresses can affect the shoes’ integrity and affect the client’s performance using the shoes.  
  • Comfort
    Overall comfort when wearing the shoe is important to the manufacturer. If a runner is to wear their brand of running shoes for hours, the shoes must not only fit well but also must be comfortable to wear.  
  • Support
    Another factor that is also considered is the support structures that protect the feet while wearing the shoes. An example is the running sole. Manufacturers continue to research for the optimal shoe sole design. Because of this, they constantly work on their shoes’ soles. They experiment with gels, air cushion and shocks.  


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