How to choose a running shoe

Even if you run only for fun, you need to buy proper running shoes to avoid slipping or tripping and to avoid foot pain.

The choice of running shoe depends a great deal on your foot type. The ideal situation is when you have a neutral foot type, which is often not the case. About one third of the population, over-pronates - that is their feet roll inward excessively. Motion-control shoes are recommended in such cases, as they prevent overpronation, providing the support the foot needs to step in a neutral position.

A few of us over-supinate, that is their feet roll outward instead of inward. In such cases, the main problem is inefficient load distribution, which puts excessive stress on the foot. Extra cushioning is required to counter this situation.

Next comes the size, you need to choose a comfortable fit, not only lengthwise but widthwise as well. Always leave some space between your longest toe and the front of the shoe, about half an inch is all that is required. Too tight a fit would hurt your foot and would not compensate for the foot swelling that normally occurs with running. You will get fatigued easily and may develop painful corns.

You would need a tougher sole and more cushioning when running on asphalt than what you require on a dirt track or grass. Moreover, choose a breathable material to avoid smelly feet and fungal infections.

Docpods have developed a selection of orthoses specifically designed to aid runners counteract the problems with certain foot types. We offer heel and arch supports to prevent excessive inward movement of an over-pronating foot, and soft orthoses to provide the extra cushioning needed to support a supinator foot.




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THE KEY STEPS TO GETTING THE RIGHT SIZE DOCPODS:

FULL LENGTH INSOLES 

NON FULL LENGTH INSOLES 

1. Measure your existing shoe insole:

 1. Measure from your heel to ball of foot:


 

2. Then compare your measurements from above to match the product size charts below:
(you can trim to fit the insoles by approximately 1cm)


Docpods Regular Size Guide - for Slimline, 3 Quarter, Sports


  US UK EURO SLIMLINE 3 QUARTER  SPORTS 
Size  cm cm cm
Small  4-7  4-8  3-6.5  4-7.5  35-40 16  16.3  25.8
Medium  7-9   8-10  6-9  7-10  39-43  17.4 17.2  27.4
Large   9-13  10-14  8-12  9-13  42-47 19.3   18.2 29.4

Docpods Ultra Size Guide - for Ultra Soft

  XXS XS S M L XL
EURO  34  35.5-37.5  38-40  40.5-42  42.5-44  44.5-46.5
UK  2.5  3-4.5  5-6.5  7-8  8.5-9.5  10-12
US MENS  4-5  5.5-6  6.5-7.5  8-9  9.5-10.5  11-13.5
US WOMENS  3.5-5  5.5-7  7.5-9  9.5-10.5  11-12  13-14
LENGTH (cm) 23.2cm 24.9cm 26.2cm 28.8cm 30cm  31.2cm

Docpods Kids Size Guide - for Docpods Kids Fit only

  Size SPORTS  SLIMLINE
XXS 12-1  19.5cm 13cm 
XS 2-3 22.4cm  15.3cm 

Docpods Foot Pillow - Trim to Fit

  S L
US MENS  4.5 - 9  9 - 13
US WOMENS  6 - 10  10 - 14
LENGTH (cm) 26.5cm 29.2cm