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Running shoes for neutral feet?

Asked by robmandu (21285points) March 13th, 2008

I know there’s lot of folks with pronation or supination problems out there. And I know that there are a plethora of running shoes out there to address those particular problems.

But I guess I’m lucky. I don’t pronate or supinate. I wear all parts of the soles on my shoes pretty evenly.

So one thing to be careful about is not to buy a running shoe that corrects a condition I don’t have.

Anyone have recommendations on how to find shoes for neutral feet? I can always go to a specialty store and have the sales person recommend something… but I prefer to be somewhat knowledgeable before walking in. How do those folks get that information? It’s not like Nike or Adidas or Asics put a big PRONATE or NEUTRAL or SUPINATE stamp on the box, y’know?

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sfgirl's avatar

I wear Asics, Gel Kayanos and I have a pretty neutral foot.

breedmitch's avatar

Do yourself a favor and buy New Balance. I’ve tried just about every brand of running shoe and I always come back to New Balance.

row4food's avatar

i’m not sure where you live, but if you have a Fleet Feet near you, they will put you on a treadmil and have you run for a few minutes while they video tape your feet. they will make suggestions based on your tape. the people who work there are usually competitive runners themselves and very knowledgable. they have fit me for my last several pairs of running shoes, and they are wonderful.

mzgator's avatar

I love my asics. I bought a pair of Nike shocks recently, and after one month I bought another pair of Asics. The shocks are sitting on the floor of my closet . I have tried many types of running shoes including all of the top brands, and Asics win every time. My second best of all time was a pair of Northface trail runners which I purchased on sale on vacation in Telluride, Colorado. They were pretty great shoes too.

smart1979's avatar

Asics are the best sneakers for running, they really put a lot of tech into the sneakers and make a good product. I kinda feel like Nike, Adidas are more concerned with the fashion of it all that the function.

If you go to and it will tell you what shoes are good for pronation, etc, then you can go try on the ones you are interested in at a store.

robmandu's avatar

@smart1979, you mean this, right?

That is cool… and exactly what I was hoping to find. Thanks!

I’ve enjoyed NB, Nike, Asics, and Adidas over the years. Digging Nike lately due to builtin Nike+ integration… although I am aware of the chip-carrying alternatives. Asics may just be my next shoe.

smart1979's avatar

Yeah, thats the page I mean :)

The Nike+ shoes do seem nice, but I still feel like Asics are the better sneaker. Btw, cool find on those Nike+ pouches, I wonder how they work.

robmandu's avatar

The Nike+ chip has an accelerometer built in that monitors your footstrike when you walk or run and determines the amount of time your foot spent on the ground.

So while the Nike+ shoe has a compartment in the footbed for you to put the chip in, the chip itself is not actually pressure dependent. As long as it’s placed securely (i.e. with little to no loose movement to interfere with the accelerometer’s correct operation) somewhere on your shoe, it’ll be able to monitor movement just fine.

robmandu's avatar

Update: ended up going for the Asics Gel-Speedstar® 3.

They’re great!

Steve2011's avatar

I work in a JJB sports and sell these everyday. Running shoes come in 3 major categories. Stability, cushioning and motion control. FLAT FEET indicate that you overpronate heavily and therefore need motion control (quite rare). LOW ARCH (so nearly a flat foot) may mean u overpronate slightly so would go for stability for a bit of extra support. HIGH ARCHES usually means u dont pronate enough or supinate (pronation being the natural cushioning of your feet) so u would go for cushioning shoes, where the higher your arch is, the more cushioning u will need. In your case, people with NEUTRAL FEET just need something inbetween so either light cushioning or stability. We tend to reccomend stability as you may aswell have custioning and extra support if your neutral.

As for brands both asics and new balance are farely specialist running brands. Both highly reccomended. Adidas also very good but probably 9/10 people have to go up a size as they are a small fit and your feet do swell a little when you run. Nike also good, and nike+ is useful if u want to track your running and set yourself targets. All running shoes are designed to do the same thing they just do it using their own systems so brand is down to personal preference.. It is important to remember that everyones feet are different and therefore shoud go for the ones that feel right and comfortable before you even run in them. Also if your running alot go for a better shoe. Try a few on in different prices, believe me u will feel the difference.

There are also minor categories that include trail shoes and track and field shoes (running spikes)

Just a few examples.

MOTION CONTROL (Flat Feet) – heavy over pronator
asics gel evolution

STABILITY (Low arch or neutral arch) – slight over pronator or normal neutral foot
Any of the Nike lunar range
nike structure triax
Adidas supernova sequence
asics gel kayano
asics 1150
new balance M849

CUSHIONING (neutral or slightly high arch) – slight supernator or normal foot
Any of the Nike lunar range
adidas response cushion
asics gel blackhawk

HIGH CUSHIONING (high arch) – heavy supernator
nike zoom vomeros
asics gel cumulus
asics gel nimbus
adidas supernova glide

Adidas kanadia

If your unsure of your foot type we offer a gait assessent instore using a heat pad to determine your arch type or alternatively try a wet test.

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