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Spring Shoe Guide: How It Works

  • By Triathlete.com
  • Published Jul 23, 2010

What sort of shoe do you find most comfortable? Go through the nine characteristics below and circle your preferences. You may find it helpful to go for a run in a shoe you love and then come back home and circle the phrases that best describe how it actually does feel, also thinking about any characteristics you would change if you could.

FIT


Fit characteristics are those that affect how the shoe feels when you stand in it.

Heel Fit

Super snug
Very snug
Snug
Less snug

Midfoot Fit

Super close-fitting
Very close-fitting
Close-fitting
Less close-fitting

Forefoot Fit

Narrow
Slightly narrow
Slightly roomy
Roomy

FEEL


Feel characteristics are those that affect how the shoe feels when you walk in it.

Flexibility

Very flexible
Flexible
Somewhat stiff
Stiff

Perceived Weight

Very light
Light
Somewhat heavy
Heavy

Barefoot factor

Very natural
Natural
Somewhat structured
Structured

RIDE

Ride characteristics are those that affect how the shoe feels when you run in it.

Cushioning

Very soft
Soft
Somewhat firm
Firm

Stability

Free
Somewhat free
Stable
Very stable

Responsiveness

Very bouncy
Bouncy
Somewhat dampening
Dampening

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