MD Podiatrist Advises How to Buy a Running Shoe With Arch Support

Dan Michaels, DPM says that to determine whether or not someone needs arch support, one should perform "The Wet Test," which involves stepping on a piece of paper with wet feet and then evaluating the imprint. If there is a skinny question mark-like imprint, this indicates a high arch, while an oval-like imprint is indicative of a low arched foot. An in-between imprint would be a normal arch.


Dr. Michaels adds that running shoes should be snug in the width and arch, not tight, and there should be 3/8 of an inch from the end of the longest toe to the end of the shoe. He notes the best insole materials, or orthotics, are usually a thermoplastic for sneakers. The midsole of running shoes is often made of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), while the toe box of running shoes is usually composed of synthetic mesh.

The Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC Team

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