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What are the best options for shoes?

It is important to choose a shoe for the type of activity you perform.  Runners need to select a shoe that supports one of three basic foot types.  A great way to know which type of shoe to purchase is to wet the sole of your bare foot and then step on a heavy piece of paper or a brown grocery bag.  Step off and examine the imprint.  If your foot shape is normal, you will see about half of your arch and are considered a normal pronator.  You are able to wear just about any shoe because when the arch collapses inward, this pronation absorbs the shock.  You may be best suited for a shoe that offers some stability.
If your foot shape is flat, you will see the imprint of almost your entire foot.  This means you are an overpronator, meaning that your arch collapses inward too much.  You need either stability shoes or motion control shoes, which are best suited for big or heavy runners.
If you have a high arch, you will see just your heel, the ball of your foot, and a thin line on the outside of your foot.  This means your arch doesn’t collapse enough to absorb to shock, resulting in underpronation.  You would be best suited for neutral-cushioned shoes.
Whether you are on the trails, the bowling alley or the tennis court, choosing the right shoe for your foot type can make your activity much more enjoyable.

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