You'll often find that the shoes in a given category are already appropriate for your foot type. The shoe companies know, for example, that many runners with motion-control problems have flat feet and should be running in straight-lasted shoes.
- Best last: Semicurved
Best shoes: Stability shoes with moderate control features such as a two-density midsole
- Best last: Straight or semicurved
Best shoes: Motion-control shoes, or stability shoes with firm midsoles and control features that reduce the degree of pronation. Stay away from highly cushioned, curved-lasted shoes that lack stability and control
- Best last: Curved
Best shoes: Cushioned shoes with plenty of flexibility to encourage foot motion. Stay away from motion-control or stability shoes, which reduce foot mobility.