How to Find Your Pronation Type
There are several ways to determine your pronation type. We always recommend talking to a qualified expert, that way you can get the best analysis and advice on what shoes are right for your pronation type.
As well as talking with an expert, you can also check your shoe’s wear patterns.
Take a Pronation Test
A pronation test is the best way to determine your pronation type and will give you helpful insights into your running gait.
You can get a detailed running analysis at any of our Running Expert stores, located throughout New Zealand. Our trained staff will take you through a detailed video gait analysis which records the way you run on a treadmill. By slowing down the footage, we can analyse in detail the way your foot strikes the ground, rolls and pushes off, which will determine your pronation type.
Check Your Shoe’s Wear Patterns
Another way to figure out your pronation type, is to check the wear patterns on your running shoes. While they don’t provide a full picture, certain signs on your shoes can reveal useful clues about the way you pronate.
Shoe wear patterns can show where your foot is being impacted and where you might need extra support and cushioning. When you check your shoes, look for parts that are more worn down, and how your shoes sit when placed on a flat surface.
- Underpronators: wear on the outside of the shoe.
- Neutral: S-shape pattern on soles of shoes from the outer heel to the even wear through the forefoot and big toe.
- Overpronators: More wear on the inside of the heel and under the ball of the foot and especially the big toe.
- Underpronators: A slight outward tilt when placing shoes on a flat surface.
- Neutral: No tilt when placing shoes on a flat surface.
- Overpronators: An inward tilt when placing shoes on a flat surface.
Choosing the Right Running Shoe for You
Once you’ve figured out your pronation type, then you can find the right shoe that gives you the right cushioning to support the way you move.