One of the first steps to healthy running is wearing supportive running shoes. Neglecting to wear proper footwear can lead to a variety of foot problems that can cause injury and impede performance.

Feet are generally categorized into three types: low/flat arch, normal arch, and high arch. Look below to see which type of running shoe fits your foot type.

Feet with low archesFor feet with low arches: Choose a supportive shoe that is designed for stability and motion control. These shoes help to correct for overpronation.

Feet with normal archesFor feet with normal arches: Choose a shoe with equal amounts of stability and cushioning to help absorb shock.

Feet with high archesFor feet with high arches: Choose a cushioned running shoe with a softer midsole and more flexibility. This will compensate for the poor shock absorption of a high-arched foot.

Looking for a pair of running shoes that fit your feet? View a complete list of shoes and products with APMA’s Seal of Acceptance.