One way to check if your feet exhibit underpronation is by checking the outside of the shoes you’ve been using for quite some time. If most of the wear is on the outside, it means your feet tend to roll outward and, to correct it, you’ll need running shoes with neutral cushioning. Neutral running shoes are high on midsole cushioning but low on medial support. They are also typically lightweight, and sport enough flexibility to offset the rigidity of the high arches and efficiently distribute the impact across greater percentage of the runner’s feet. Try bending the
shoes in different directions to see how flexible they are particularly the shoes’ upper and sole areas.
It’s good to note also that running shoes generally have an average “mileage” limit of 300 to 400 miles. Beyond that, the shoes would start exhibiting inefficient cushioning and impact distribution, decreased capacity to absorb shock, and ineffective provision of support and stability. This can not only increase the risk of injuries and cause pain and discomfort but also negatively affect your performance when you run.
So to make sure you’ll be at your best every time you run a race and towards your fitness goals, be sure also to look for the best pair of running shoes not just based on your preferred color, style or price range but also based on your intended use, standard for quality and the kind of support that you need.