Gait is the technical word to describe the way your foot makes contact with the ground, from the heel strike to the toe off. It's one aspect Danform Shoes evaluates to help customers find the best running and walking shoes.
A normal gait involves "supination," rolling to the outside of the foot, and "pronation," rolling to the inside of the foot. If your foot rolls excessively to one side or the other, you may "oversupinate" or "overpronate." In general, low arches tend to roll in and high arches tend to roll out. These conditions may require special athletic shoes, or even orthotics, to correct and guide the foot to a healthy, neutral pattern.
Running Shoe Science
If you're confused - you're not alone! Our Fit Experts work with customers everyday who need help matching their gait to the correct footwear. Some come with a prescription from a physical therapist, others discover their tendency while being fit in our stores.
The Danform Difference is all about educating our customers, empowering them with knowledge to select healthy footwear for lifelong wellness.
3 Categories of Running Shoes
There are three shoe structures to accommodate different foot types: Neutral, Stability and Motion Control.
Neutral running shoes retain a consistent density of cushion throughout the mid-sole and are recommended for people with a naturally "correct" gait pattern who do not require a stability shoe. Typically, we see customers with moderate to high arches that roll out, or "supinate" are well suited to neutral styles like the On Running Cloud X.
Stability running shoes provide a denser medial midsole, known as "posting." Posting is a deep cradle in the form of guardrails that encourage the foot that rolls in (pronates) to roll out upon heel strike, into a healthier gait. We typically find customers with low arches, or moderate lateral movement, need stability shoes. The Saucony Guide 14, shown here, provides a lively feel for stability seeking runners.
Motion Control shoes, like the Brooks Addiction, provide a broad, firm platform thoughout the mid-foot to maximum torsional support. Motion control tends to be worn by those who need a steady, solid foundation throughout a workday.
Your commitment to fitness begins with the perfect fit! Stop in to see your Fit Experts at our Shelburne, Colchester and St. Albans locations to get started on the right foot. The left will surely follow!