Find the precise platform that your foot needs with the New Balance Support Type Guide. Properly supported footwear is just as important as finding the correct size. Achieving alignment here means getting closer to your fitness goals in comfort. To find the right type of cushioning for your foot, complete a gait analysis or foot scan. You can get this done by a [specialty retailer] who can tell you precisely how your feet are pronating and your arch type. It may be helpful to bring your shoes into the store for wear analysis and additional feedback. If you have any doctor created orthotics please also bring those as well to the store. Remember, it’s very common for one foot to be one arch type and the other foot to be another arch type.
There are 3 types of foot arches (high arch, medium arch, and low arch). These arch types help determine if your feet experience overpronation, underpronation (supination) or your feet remain neutral when in motion. Depending on where you fall on the pronation spectrum, you’ll need shoes for stability (medium arches), motion control (low arches) or shoes that are neutral cushioned (for high arches). Feet that are neutral or roll outward or supinate when in motion typically need neutrally cushioned shoes. Feet that roll inward when in motion need shoes with stability technology. These shoes usually have a firmer construction on the medial side, helping slow down the rate of pronation. Feet that excessively roll inward when walking or running typically need motion-controlled shoes. These shoes usually have extra built-in support on both the medial and lateral sides - kind of like a guard rail - to help correct this problem.
The sooner you determine the type of underfoot support that you need, the faster you can start getting the most from your workouts and achieve maximum foot comfort every day. Since your feet may change in the pronation spectrum with age, we suggest you visit a local specialty store every year to check your footwear size, width and support type.