Here’s a simple guide to help identify whether you have pronate, supinate or have a neutral foot type.
Within the TAILOR’D app we include a shoe dimension called “Foot Type” also called gait. This article will help you understand your foot type and provide shoe options you can buy right now.
What’s gait (or foot type)?
Gait is defined as a manner of walking or moving on foot. While we all have a unique gait, we can typically bucket them into three categories: pronation, supination and neutral.
Let’s find out what those mean and dive deeper into the definition of pronation and supination.
What is pronation?
Pronation is when your ankle rolls slightly inward with each step. Pronation is a natural movement of the foot and totally normal.
Overpronation is an exaggeration of pronation, meaning you tend to push off almost completely with the big toe and second toe. If the inside front of your shoe typically wears down, you might overpronate. This is typical of people with flatter feet and more flexible arches. With pronation, effects sometimes include shin splint and knee pains. Typically a shoe with more support is recommended for those who pronate.
Below we’ve included supportive shoe types, for women and men, to help people who pronate.
What is supination or underpronation?
Supination is the opposite of pronation. Supination means that when you walk or run, your weight tends to land on the outside of your foot.
If you supinate, you push off from your outer (smaller) toes. This makes the foot roll outward and is typical of people with high arches. With supination, effects sometimes include back, hip, knee and ankle pain.
Below we’ve included a few shoe types to help if you supinate.
What is Neutral?
With a neutral foot type, your weight typically distributes evenly across your foot. Arch sizes are normal, not too high and not too flat.
Below we’ve included a few shoe types for those who have a neutral foot type and best of all you can buy them right now.
We all have a unique foot type and that's OK. Whether you have pronated feet or supinate, we hope that this article was helpful and educational. Enjoy your new pair of shoes.