Are the Asics Gel-Evolution 6 suitable for flat feet and underpronation.
I am new to running and runners world. I have been running for the last couple of months.
Currently I have just been using my running shoes I purchased for general use. They've been fine but want to purchase some 'proper' ones which suit my feet.
I am definitely flat footed but I am not sure whether I overpronate, underpronate or neutral. I understand that most flat footed people overpronate but I think I underpronate. I went to my local running shop who recomfirmed that I had flat feet but seemed to make assumptions on my pronation. Unfortunately I was not offered a gait analysis which i feel i should have asked for in hindsight. When I got home I decided to pull out my iphone and our crappy treadmill and make my own video which I feel reconfirms my opinion that I underpronate. Here is the video I made for you to see for yourselves - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHiDz0NYQrM. The treadmill messes up between 15s-23s so I'd ignore that bit.
They showed be 3 pairs of shoes:
- Nike Zoom Structure Triax+ 15 (http://store.nike.com/gb/en_gb/?l=shop,pdp,ctr-inline/cid-300/pid-461118)- Asics Gel-Evolution 6 (http://www.asics.co.uk/running/products/gel-evolution-men/)- New Balance (but can't remember the model)
I ended up purchasing the asics but after coming home and researching them they seem to be designed for severly overpronating people. I am now worried they will do more damage than good!
I have some questions:
- Are any of these shoes right for me?- Does the weight of shoes really make any difference?- What sort of shoe should I be looking for? - support, cushion, neutral etc- Since I am flat footed does the pronation not matter when looking for shoes?- If the above shoes are not suitable could you recommend some that are?- When running do I land on my heal? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHiDz0NYQrM) Does this affect my running shoe purchase?
Many thanks in advance for any help!
People who underpronate tend to wear the outside of the heal of their trainers. Whereas overpronators wear the inside. As I understand overpronators are flat footed (if I am wrong someone will correct me, I hope) whereas underpronators have high arches which is the opposite of flat footed. As I understand an under or overpronator just needs to purchase padded trainers not a trainer specific to under or overpronation. You say you went to a running shop, if they are any good they would be the best people to answer your questions.
Thank you for all your advice and help. I went for a gait anaylsis and as runs-with-dogs says I mildy overpronate, not underpronate. I was looking at where I first land instead of the whole roll.
I ended up purchasing the Nike Zoom Structure + 16 and they feel great!
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