How to choose running shoes. With so many models and brands of shoes to choose from, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by your options. The general rule of thumb is that it needs to fit well and feel comfortable. But what about what to look for in a shoe? This blog covers the anatomy of the shoe so you know what to look for when looking for a pair.

Shoe material

Running shoe material should be light, durable, breathable and include some reflective material for safety. Check with the shop assistant that the material is water proof and also strong enough to hold the foot in place, but also stretch where it needs to. 

How to Choose Running Shoes - Adelaide Podiatrist

Ankle collar

This is the part of the shoe that holds the ankle in place. It should be firm enough to support the ankle but soft enough that it is comfortable. It shouldn’t rub or irritate your Achilles tendon.

How to Choose Running Shoes - Running Shoes Adelaide

Heel counter

The heel counter is the semi-rigid dip in the heel that supports the heel. Make sure that the heel counter allows for motion as some research has indicated that is does not. 

How to Choose Running Shoes - Orthotics Adelaide


The saddle is the what keeps the shoe secure on the foot. Eyelets and laces help contort the shoe so it fits your foot. Your foot should be secure and not slip. 

How to Choose Running Shoes - Brighton Podiatrist


The outsole of the shoe should be durable and flexible. Outsoles are usually made from two different types of rubber. Carbon rubber (the same material as tires) which is extremely durable or blown rubber which more more flexible and lighter but not as durable. 

Bend in the sole

The shoe should be rigid enough to support the foot but should also bend the way your foot does so your foot is not placed in a stiff or unnatural position. 

How to Choose Running Shoes - Shoe Orthotics Adelaide


Orthotics help support can help improve comfort, reduce pain, enhance performance, correct pronation and/or supination. Brighton Road Podiatry produce custom made orthotics insoles in 24 hours. Give us a call on 8298 4166 to find our more about our orthotic services.