What Can You Learn from Shoe Wear Patterns?

Worn Running ShoeYou can learn a lot from looking at the bottom of your shoes.  You can learn whether you land on your heel or your mid-foot.  You can tell whether you overpronate (foot rolls inward) or underpronate (foot rolls outward).  You can tell whether the shoe you are wearing is the right one for you.

The shoe at the right is a Nike Air Max Moto+ 7 with about 300 road miles on it.  You can see heavy wear on the outside of the mid-foot portion of the shoe.  A closer inspection would show that it looks like someone took a belt sander to the outside edge of this shoe.

This shoe belongs to an underpronator or supinator with high arches (yours truly), who runs on the outside of his foot.  Underpronators need a neutral, cushioned shoe to absorb shock, since their arches are not doing that for them.  They don’t need a motion-control shoe, which is used to correct for overpronation.  And they don’t need a stability shoe which helps folks with normal arches, who might go either way.

The Nike Air Max Moto+ 7 is a neutral, cushioned shoe, so this is a good fit for me.  The only complaint that I have about it is that the sole wore out too fast.

I’m switching back to an Asics Cumulus 11.  I’ll let you know how that works out in a few months.

What have you learned from your shoe wear patterns?  What are your favorite shoes and why?  Send me a photo of your wear pattern to share.

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