What kind of running shoe works best for orthotics?
“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.”