Finding a running shoe that is specifically designed for your foot type gives you the best chance for a comfortable run.

At ASICS, we build shoes for two different foot types: neutral feet (i.e. cushioning shoes) and feet that need support (i.e. pronated feet).

Below we provide you some assistance to find the most appropriate shoe for your individual needs and budget.

What is pronation?

Pronation is a natural movement of the foot that has traditionally been used to prescribe footwear. Pronation refers to the way your foot rolls inward for impact distribution upon landing. It’s part of the natural movement of the human body but it differs from person to person. As your foot strikes the ground it rolls inward to absorb the shock. As it does this the arch of your foot supports, on average, three times your body weight.

Ways to determine your foot type

Video Gait Analysis 

A video is taken of your feet whilst on a treadmill. The video footage is slowed down to view the function of your foot and how it moves when hitting the ground. This is analysed in detail by an ASICS staff member who will explain your foot type and help you select the right pair of running shoes.

Visit us for a complimentary FOOT-ID appointment in store today.

Visit An ASICS Store for Guidance 

Receive individual product advice at one of our running stores. Trained staff members will be happy to assist you with fitting services. Find an ASICS store near you through our Store Locator

Book an appointment with a medical professional

Medical professionals such as a podiatrist can provide specific advice to you regarding your individual needs. You can then bring that information into store as it will assist staff with finding the right shoe for you.

Pronation Guide

How to determine your pronation type

How to determine your pronation type
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What is considered a pronated foot type?

How Your Foot Contacts the Ground: A pronated foot is characterized by a flat arch and a foot that rapidly rolls in when it hits the ground. This transfers a lot of your weight to the inside of the foot.

Push Off: big toe and second toe do majority of the work

Injuries: shin splints, plantar fasciitis, bunions, heel spurs

Foot Type: low arches or flat feet

Runners who need a stability shoe will benefit from ASICS shoes with DuoMax™ and LiteTruss™ technology. There are a range of options available to them including:

For those runners who are severe pronators and need maximum support in a running shoe, they can also consider GT-4000™ with enhanced stability throughout the midsole.

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What is considered a neutral foot type?

How Your Foot Contacts the Ground: A neutral foot lands on the outside of the heel, rolls inward (pronates) to absorb shock and support body weight. Their foot does not collapse in and is well supported during gait.

Push Off: more even distribution from the front of the foot.

Injuries: less likely due to effective shock absorption, but neutral runners are not immune to injury.

Foot Type: normal-size arches

Neutral, cushioned runners, as well as those who supinate and require added cushioning, have a large range of shoes available to them at different price points. Runners with a neutral foot may enjoy: 

For those runners with a Supinated foot type, a neutral shoe is also suitable

Find the right shoe for you 

If you're looking for running shoes that suit your foot type, we recommend speaking to an expert. This can be done in-store with one of our ASICS professionals who can provide you with gait analysis.

Take a look at our ASICS blog to find out more on What Is Pronation and Why Does It Matter?

Copy provided by Dr Chris Bishop PhD, Sports & Orthopaedic Podiatrist
Director of Biomechanics
The Biomechanics Lab