As people come in millions of different sizes, feet come in millions of different shapes. There are some people who believe foot shape can tell us about our ancestors, and others claim it can tell us about our personalities. Learning your own unique foot type is the first step towards finding those elusive shoes that compliment your one-of-a-kind feet in every possible way.
It’s difficult to find that perfect fit—especially if you don’t know the first thing about your foot type. That’s where I can help. I am here to present you with the facts and provide useful strategies that can aid you in discovering your foot type.
But it is not about just finding the right shoes or anything. Just knowing something about your body will give you an advantage in every way. Also, this will not take much of your time.
There are 3 Types of Foot Categories
1. Flat Foot:
This type of print looks like the whole sole of the foot is in contact with the ground. The low arch in this foot type is usually associated with overpronation and this is when the foot strikes the outside of the heel and rolls inwards too far. If this is allowed to continue it can cause many different types of injury.
2. Normal Foot:
This footprint is the most common and suggests that you do not have any special requirements. Your feet will have an average-sized arch and show the forefoot and heel connected by an even broadband.
The motion of a normal foot lands on the outside of the heel and rolls inwards a small amount to absorb the shock. This would suggest that you are biomechanically efficient and can use any shoe you want to. As motion control shoes tend to be more expensive and heavier you might want to discount these shoes from your list.
3. High Arched Foot:
This is the least common of the three types of feet. The print shows that the band connecting the forefoot and the heel is very thin or even non-existent. If you have feet like this then it tends to indicate that you underpronate (supinate) and is not very effective as a shock absorber. It is recommended that you only go for cushioned, neutral shoes without any motion or stability properties.
Use a Wet Foot Test to Determine Your Foot Type
Determine your foot type so you can find a shoe with fit characteristics that meet your feet and biomechanical needs.
A simple way of finding out your foot type is to take the Wet Foot Test to determine what shoe shape you should look for.
The Wet Foot Test
This is quite a simple test that can be done at home. All you have to do is wet your feet and stand on a surface that will leave a visible footprint.