A very simple wet foot test can tell you if you have flat or high arches, which will help you to choose the right running shoes.
Look at the shape of your footprint and compare it with our examples to get your foot type, but the wet test only gives you an idea to help in the process of finding the right shoe.
One problem with the wet footprint test is that it is only a static measure and feet have dynamic movements while running. If possible, to make the footprint test better, compare seated (non weight-bearing) footprints with your standing (weight-bearing) footprints. If the standing footprint has a greater surface area than the seated footprint then you probably need some pronation control.
Another problem with the wet footprint test is that some people have footprints that match the images below but their feet do not necessarily move in the way usually indicated by the foot type wet test.
While many runners fall into the categories we illustrate here, some people have high, flexible arches and others might have stiff, flat feet and there are many factors that come together in making the choice of the right and comfortable shoe for you.
Other variables such as your weight, biomechanics, running experience, and fitness will affect the right choice of shoes as well as personal fit preferences. Some people might just prefer a more solid feeling shoe and opt towards a stiffer motion control shoe than a soft flexible shoe.
If possible you should try and run in any shoe before you buy it to test whether it feels right for your foot and stride, and you even can do that in the street or park next door at our Geneva store.
We are there to assist you by asking questions about your running experience, preference and injury history. We look at your old shoes, and watch you run. We can even video you to help with your gait analysis for free.
However, if you have a history of injury, you should consult a medical professional such as a sports podiatrist or physical therapist to help you with appropriate treatment, a recovery training plan and a more formal assessment of your running shoe and possible specialist insole needs.