Biomechanics and Your Shoes

Everyone walks a little differently, but for the most part you’ll fall into one of three categories:

  • You’re a pronator – After your heel strikes the ground, you roll your foot to the inside, and you tend to have slightly more wear on the outside heel and inside ball of your soles.
  • You’re an over-pronator – You roll your foot more than normal (and tend to have flat feet), and have excessive wear on the outside heel and inside ball of the foot.
  • You’re a supinator – You roll your weight, and wear the soles of your shoes out, along the outside of the foot. Supinators tend to have high arches.

During our professional fit analysis, our staff will watch your stride, look at the wear pattern on your shoes, and use the I-step machine, with 2,800 magnetic sensors, to measure pressure points, arch length, and arch height. Then we’ll recommend a shoe that’s matched for your stride mechanics:

  • Pronators need shoes with moderate amounts of cushioning and stability.
  • Over-pronators require more than stability, they need shoes with motion control to prevent their foot’s excessive inward roll.
  • Supinators require maximum cushioning and flexibility in their shoes to make up for the lack of natural shock absorption in their stride..

Wearing the wrong type of shoe can cause extra wear on your joints and soles and can create training and over-use injuries. If you’ve never had a proper fit analysis, you owe it to yourself to stop by one of our New Balance stores to see the difference fit can make in your life.

Questions? Feel free to e-mail or call us. We’d be glad to answer your questions.