15 Jul '11, 3am

Our experts explain how you should select your new marathon running shoe.

Our experts explain how you should select your new marathon running shoe.

While it is important to select a foot-type-specific shoe (do the DIY test , if you are unsure of your foot type), kinesiologist Dr. Tan Swee Kheng, programme director of Fifth Ray Integrated Activities , says the shoe must also cater to the ‘dynamic movement’ of your foot: “‘Dynamic movement’ refers to the foot’s constant motion as it adapts to the surfaces the runner is running on. Hence, when selecting a shoe, a runner must consider two aspects of his running stance – the part of his foot that comes in contact with the ground on impact, as well as how his foot rolls after the initial contact.” A heel striker will thus need a shoe with a more substantive heel-pad; a midfoot striker will need a shoe which provides better cushioning at the mid- to forefoot area.

Full article: http://www.menshealth.com.sg/mh-runners/right-marathon-sh...

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