Editor’s Note: This post has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy on May 2022 and reflects up-to-date information on women with pronation.
Are you experiencing foot, leg, or hip pain and the pain got to the point that it’s interfering with your daily activities? I have spoken with several women who are extremely frustrated and have reached the point of willing to try anything to get rid of the pain.
I have been fitting women’s shoes for the last 10 years, and I have helped hundreds of women with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot conditions such as flat feet or rolled ankles find the correct pair of shoes for their feet.
Most women who come to the shoe store ask me which is the best shoe brand or shoe style that can help get rid of their pain. There is truly not an easy answer for this, as there is no universal shoe brand or shoe style that can get rid of the pain if it doesn’t fit the shape of your feet.
How effective the shoes from a specific shoe brand can be for one woman might not be as effective for another. On that note, the specific shoe brand that I will recommend for your feet directly depends on your foot shape and pronation type.
I have helped hundreds of women that were experiencing foot, leg, or hip pain find the correct pair of shoes to significantly reduce, and in some cases, fully eliminate their pain. I believe I can help you too, but remember that for the shoes to be effective they need to fit the shape of your feet perfectly.
Have you tried shoe brands recommended by family members and friends such as Hoka, Vionic, Orthofeet, New Balance, Brooks, Asics, and no shoe has been effective in reducing your foot pain? These are all great shoe brands that manufacture supportive shoes, but in my experience, Asics shoes fit very differently compared to New Balance shoes, and which brand you should wear directly depends on your foot shape.
Before I can recommend specific shoes for your feet, I need to know your specific foot shape —narrow, medium, wide, extra wide— as well as whether you have a high instep or not. In addition, I also will need to know the degree of your pronation.
What is the Degree of Your Pronation?
There are 3 different degrees of pronation:
I can tell what degree of pronation women have by simply looking at their feet and watching them walk.
If you want to find out the degree of your pronation and your exact foot shape as well, please follow the instructions below.
Find Out the Degree of Your Pronation – In 3 Simple Steps
Step 1️⃣: This image will give me a perspective on whether your ankles are rolling inwards or outwards. It will also help me determine how much lateral support you need from your shoes.
Step 2️⃣: This image will give me a perspective on whether you have flat, regular, or high arches. This image will also help me determine whether you have a high instep or not.
Step 3️⃣: This third image will help me determine whether you have narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet.
⚠️ If you are unsure of your foot length and what shoe size to order you can send me your foot length measurement in inches or centimeters. Make sure that you are standing straight, and then place a measuring tape or ruler below your heels.
Always measure both feet and measure to your longest toe which doesn’t necessarily have to be the big toe, it can be the second or even the third toe.
Once you have your foot measurements and the 3 images of your feet email me that information to:
I usually respond in less than 24 hours and I will be able to recommend specific shoe styles for your feet. Depending on the degree of your pronation you might be a candidate for orthotics as well.