What kind of run­ning shoe works best for or­thotics?

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“Typ­i­cally you want some­thing that has more of a broader base and that is not too soft,” sug­gests Westin Gal­loway, global run­ning prod­uct line man­ager, per­for­mance, for Asics. “If the plat­form is ex­tremely soft, the orthotic can move in­side the shoe and not do ex­actly what it is sup­posed to do.” Biomech­a­nist Dr. Ge­of­frey Gray, founder and pres­i­dent of Heeluxe, has been ex­ten­sively re­search­ing and test­ing run­ning shoes. “In gen­eral, shoes have got­ten a lot more sta­ble,” says Dr. Gray. “The big is­sue is space in­side the shoe as most of the in­soles are 5 mm thick or less, and or­thotics can be much thicker.” But for Gray, the pres­ence of a heel counter is crit­i­cal. “That firm­ness in the back of the heel re­ally helps the shoe ac­cept the orthotic and hold it in place. To me, that’s more im­por­tant than fix­at­ing on the type of shoe.” Since 1906, New Bal­ance has made its name as an arch sup­port com­pany. It’s only nat­u­ral that no other brand cur­rently on the mar­ket of­fers so many mul­ti­ple widths and re­mov­able in­soles that are orth o ti cfrien dly. “The fit is key,” points out David Korell, footwear mer­chan­diser for New Bal­ance Canada. “We al­ways rec­om­mend you check: can the in­sole be re­moved and does it have a deep and wide toe box with a seam­less up­per so noth­ing rubs the feet in any way.”

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