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18
Jul
17

American Made Shoes: The Ultimate Source List – USA Love List

Source: American Made Shoes: The Ultimate Source List – USA Love List

This is the updated list from USA Love List

American Made Shoes: The Ultimate Source List

The ultimate list of every brand still making shoes in the USA.

Everyone is looking for American made shoes. I admit, they are difficult to find, but  I’ve put together this extensive list. It contains brands that make all of their shoes in the USA, but I’ve also listed brands whose lines contain some made in USA shoes and some that are imported.  Always check your labels and look for Made in USA before you buy! (Sandals featured in cover image are by Mohop.)

We have Ultimate Source Lists for Men’s Shoes Made in the USA, Made in USA Work Boots, Hiking Boots & More, a Source Guide For Shoes Made in California, Made in USA Boots for Cold, Snow and Rain,  and Sandals Made in the USA as well. Check out our sources for American made socks too!

Our Top Picks for American Made Footwear

American Made Sneakers: SOM Footwear

If you think there aren’t any American made sneakers out there, think again. We’ve found SOM Footwear, shoes designed for an active lifestyle. The shoe’s minimalist design gives you the freedom and stability of barefoot walking with all the protection and support you need.  Each shoe is built with a specialized toe box and heel, so hard to fit feet get ultimate comfort.  All SOM Footwear is made in Colorado of the highest quality weather-proof materials.

Capps Shoe Company is 100% made in USA in our factory located on the border between Virginia and North Carolina in Gretchen, Virginia. The company has over 175 employees with an average shoemaking experience of over 12 years – its skilled craftsman are among the most talented shoe makers in the world. Capps footwear is approved for use by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, Nexcom, and the National Park Service, as well as Police, Sheriff and Fire Department.

American Made Shoes: The Ultimate Source List

If you notice that we have missed your favorite American made shoe brand, please let us know in the comments and we will add them to our list!

  • Alden, men’s dress shoes, made in Middleborough, Massachusetts since 1884
  • Allen Edmonds, men’s dress shoes, casual shoes and boots, made in Wisconsin
  • Aurora Shoe Co shoes for men and women are handmade in upstate New York
  • Cade & Co, infant shoes made in Park City, Utah
  • Calleen Cordero women’s shoes are made in California.
  • California Magdesians, made in City of Industry, California
  • Carolina, men’s work boots (only select styles are made in USA)
  • Capps Shoe Company, men’s and women’s dress shoes made in Virginia
  • Chacos’ MyChacos collection that’s made Rockford, Michigan (other styles are not American made)
  • Chippewa Boots, loafers & rugged work & fashion boots for men & women (only select styles)
  • CYDWOQ, men and women’s boots, flats, boots, made in Burbank, California
  • Danner offers select styles of made in USA hiking boots, hunting boots, work boots, and urban wear boots.
  • Eastland, has a ‘Made in Maine Collection’ of shoes for men and women
  • Eliza B, youth and women’s flip flops, made in Connecticut
  • Esquivel luxury leather shoes for men and women are handcrafted by skilled artisans in southern California.
  • Footwear by Footskins, men and women’s moccasins made in Spring Grove, Minnesota
  • Frye, men’s and women’s boots (select styles only)
  • Gateway Shoes tuxedo shoes, marching band shoes, and uniform shoes are made in Missouri
  • Gurkee’s rope sandals are made in West Virginia. They offer any array of colors and styles.
  • Hathorn Explorer boots are made in Washington.
  • Helm, men’s boots, made in Austin, Texas
  • Hersey Custom Shoe Company makes customized sneakers in Massachusetts.
  • Hoffman Boot pac boots and leather boots are made in Idaho.
  • Island Slipper, women and men’s sandals made in Hawaii Island Slipper is listed in 10 Things We Love, Made in Hawaii
  • Jack Rogers Navajo Sandals, women’s sandals, select styles made in Florida
  • Jen + Kim, women’s heels and custom heels made in Los Angles, California
  • Julie Bees, Women’s Flats made in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Kamik, select styles of toddler and little kids snow boots are assembled in the USA
  • Keen has select styles of assembled in USA low- and high-profile snow and hiking boots for men and women available at Zappos.
  • Kepner Scott, infant and toddler shoes, made in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania Kepner Scoot is listed in 10 Things We Love,  Made in Pennsylvania
  • L.L. Bean, men and women’s boots, select styles made in Maine since 1912
  • Lucchese manufactures select styles of boots in the USA
  • Manimal, baby and unisex moccasins made in Brooklyn, New York
  • mohop. women’s sandals and flats made in Chicago, Illinois
  • Munro, women’s heels, boots and sandals made in Hot Springs, Arkansas (select styles only)
  • myAnatech, women’s shoes and sandals, made in California
  • Neil M Footwear, made in Wynne, Arkansas
  • New Balance, women and men’s sneakers, select styles made outside of Boston, Massachusetts New Balance is listed in 10 Things We Love, Made in Massachusetts
  • Newbark luxury women’s flats made in California.
  • Nicks Handmade Boots, boots for men and women all handmade in Spokane, Washington
  • Oakstreet Bootmakers, made in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oka b colorful ballet flats and flip flops are made in Georgia.
  • Okabashi, flats and sandals, made in Buford, Georgia Okabashi is listed in 10 Things We Love, Made in Georgia
  • Onex  women’s shoes are handcrafted in California.
  • Perry Ercolino, custom dress shoes are made in Pennsylvania
  • Pierrepont Hicks, women’s chukkas, moccasins, and desert boots made in Maine
  • Piper Sandals, childrens, men and women’s leather sandals, made in San Antonio, Texas
  • PW Minor shoes for men and women are made in New York
  • Quoddy boat shoes are handmade in Maine
  • Rancourt & Co, men’s dress shoes, made in Lewiston, Maine
  • Red Wing, work boots made in Minnesota (select styles only)
  • Russell Moccasin Co. boots and moccasins are handmade in Wisconsin.
  • Salpy Shoes  Truly artisanal shoes designed and built in a Los Angeles factory.
  • SAS (San Antonio Shoes), men and woman’s shoes, made in San Antonio, Texas
  • Scandic Footwear manufactures women’s leather and wood bottom clogs in New England
  • Schnee’s, men and women’s uninsulated rubber-bottom pac boots and hiking boots, made in Bozeman, Montana
  • Sbicca, women’s wedge sandals, select styles made in Los Angles, California
  • Sloggers, women’s rainboots, made in Gardena, California
  • Soft Star shoes for adults and children are made in Oregon.
  • SOM Footwear, quality athletic casual sneaker for men and women made in Colorado Top pick for American made sneakers
  • Steger Mukluks and Moccasins, made in Ely, Minnesota (These are like the made in USA version of UGGs! We love them!)
  • Sven clogs for men, women, and children are made in the USA
  • The Palatines, leather slingbacks, sandals and booties made in Los Angeles, California
  • The Vintage Shoe Company, men and women’s boots, oxfords and flats, made in Pennsylvania
  • Thorogood, men’s boots
  • Truman Boot Co., hand built boots, made in Colorado
  • Vere Sandals, men and women’s flip flops, made in Geneva, New York
  • Walk-Over, men’s casual shoes, select styles made in USA since 1758
  • White’s Boots, men’s jumper boots
  • Wolverine, men’s boots, made in Rockford, Michigan (select styles)
  • Zuzii Footwear manufactures shoes (sandals, clogs, sneakers) for baby, kids, and women in Los Angeles, California.

Our favorite retailers that offer Made in USA shoes

To make your American made shoes even more comfy, try Piggy Pillows’ flip flop insoles or American-made soft gel foot cushions from Body and Sole Comfort. Have we missed anything on this list of American made shoe brands?  Which is your favorite?  Share other American made shoes brands with us.

Disclosure: USA Love List received some products in this post unconditionally for review purposes. Our opinions are always our own, and we aim to write fair and balanced reviews to promo

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16
Nov
16

Duck Boots Made in USA – LL Bean

via Made in the USA | Free Shipping at L.L.Bean

The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting colder and wetter. So, if you want to keep your valuable feet and toes warm and dry, then it is time to put on your boots. LL Bean has a great selection of Made in the USA of truly waterproof boots. Introduced in 1912 for walking the wet, muddy Maine woods, these boots have been appreciated for their superior functionality for over 100 years. Today, gardeners and hunters alike write to say L.L.Bean Boots are still their favorite shoes for wet weather. LL Bean has been greatly imitated over the years, but none has the quality of the original (duck boots). Still made in Brunswick, Maine.

LLBean Women's 10" Shearling-Lined Boots

LLBean Women’s 10″
 Shearling-Lined Boots

Updated for this year is a woman’s boot with just a little different color. Combines waterproof protection with the supple comfort of full-grain leather.

LL Beam 8" Woman's Boot

LL Bean 8″ Woman’s Boot

Now you can enjoy the same quality and performance of our classic-style L.L.Bean Boots with the amazing softness of tumbled leather. Our Tumbled-Leather L.L.Bean Boots combine the water-resistant protection of rubber bottom boots with rich, full-grain US leather that has been gently tumbled for a remarkably soft and broken-in feel you have to experience to believe. We’re talking childhood-baseball-mitt soft. The moment you put them on, it will feel as if you’ve been wearing them for years.

Men's Tumbled Leather 10" Shearling Lined Boots

Men’s Tumbled Leather 10″
 Shearling Lined Boots

Whoever says “they don’t build things like they used to,” doesn’t own these boots. Today, our signature boots are still sewn right here in Maine – one pair at a time – by expert craftspeople whose technical skills and passion for their work is evident in every pair of boots they make. Warm, dry feet haven’t gone out of style in a hundred years, so we haven’t needed to change L.L.’s innovative design. Our “duck”’ boots combine waterproof protection with supple comfort. What if you do not like boots, yet you want something waterproof? The solution is the Bean Shoe (Men’s bean shoe pictured).

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02
May
16

New Balance Bespoke Sneakers Made in USA

New Balance.com Made in USA

New Balance Shoes have a fantastic selection of high end, high quality sneakers. What? High end sneakers? Aren’t all sneakers made in China or Vietnam? I am serious. For the past couple of years, New Balance has been making a limited amount of high end sneakers in the United States. They have teamed up with the Chicago leather company called Horween.

These sneakers are head turning and sell out very quickly. A manager of a New Balance tells me that some Chinese citizens travel to the United States and buy tons of these New Balance sneakers and smuggle them back to China because: 1) they are gorgeous, 2) they are Made in The USA, which makes them a collectors item, and 3) they can sell them in China for twice the amount.

The price of these bespoke New Balance sneakers are quite expensive. But again, they are not your every-day-kick-around-sneakers. These are made to last a lifetime. So, treat them like the special jewels that they are.

Where to Find the Bespoke sneakers?

The best place to find the New Balance Bespoke sneakers can be found on the New Balance website. The problem with the New Balance website is that they do not adequately highlight the Bespoke or Retro Shoes. Also, it is very hard to find the “Bespoke Section” of shoes, because it does not exist. The New Balance website is set up more like a Shoe Mart and not a high end website that highlights the latest high end sneakers that will make your mouth drool.

There is a website that does do justice to the High End New Balance shoes. And it is called Leather Soul which is a seller of leather shoes with stores in Honolulu, Hawaii and Hollywood, California. Following their link will show you its entries on the New Balance Shoes over the past year.

Models of the Bespoke and Retro New Balance Sneakers

I have highlighted some of the nicer bespoken and retro New Balance shoe models. I have also provided the appropriate link to each of the models (under the photo of the shoes) which  directs you to the New Balance website for the models – so you don’t get lost within the New Balance website.

1400 Bespoke Crooners

1400 Bespoke Crooners

1400 Bespoke Crooners – Men’s 1400 – Classic, – New Balance – US – 2

A smooth silhouette fit for a night out, the 1400 Bespoke Crooners men’s sneaker is proudly crafted in the USA using Chicago-sourced Horween® leather.

1300 Explore by Sea

1300 Explore by Sea

Link: 1300 Explore by Sea

1700 Explore by Sea

1700 Explore by Sea

Link: 1700 Explore by Sea

997 Distinct Retro Ski - these are actually from the retro line and do not use Horween Leather

997 Distinct Retro Ski – these are actually from the retro line using touches of Horween Leather

Link: 997 Distinct Retro Ski

998 Explore By Sea

998 Explore By Sea

Link: 998 Explore By Sea

990 Distinct Hamptons

990 Distinct Hamptons

Link: 990 Distinct Hamptons

997 Distinct USA

997 Distinct USA

Link: 997 Distinct USA

998 Horween Leather - Burgundy - introduced in late 2014

998 Horween Leather – Burgundy – introduced in late 2014

Link: Horween Leather – Burgundy

Conclusion

New Balance had been the only shoe manufacturer that still makes athletic shoes Made in the USA. You may argue that P.F. Flyers also makes sneakers in the USA, but P.F. Flyers are owned by New Balance. High end sneakers are the latest fashion trend, kind of like high end Tequlia. Even P.F. Flyers have a high end sneaker.

P F Flyers Leather - in conjunction with Tanner Leathers

P F Flyers Leather – in conjunction with Tanner Leathers

The high end New Balance sneakers have some great models, however, their marketing of them is very substandard. I am not sure how you will know when the latest edition comes out unless you subscribe to Leather Soul that I mentioned earlier.

In case, you do not like any models seen on the New Balance website, it turns out that you can customize you own shoe, many different color combinations and several different models to choose from. Go to New Balance, com and go to “Customize”.

Happy shoe hunting.

30
Mar
16

Keen Increases Its Commitment to American Manufacturing | Footwear News

In recent years, Keen has boosted footwear production and doubled the size of the workforce at its Portland, Ore., factory.

Source: Keen Increases Its Commitment to American Manufacturing | Footwear News

Keen Expands Commitment to American Manufacturing

Keen Portland Factory

Inside Keen’s Portland footwear factory. Courtesy of brand.

The made-in-America movement is making progress, thanks to Portland, Ore.-based Keen.

Since launching its U.S. assembly plant in 2010, the company has been steadily expanding operations at the factory, located on Portland’s Swan Island.

And in the past couple of years, it has revved up growth in a serious way. Since 2014, its has doubled the size of the workforce at its factory, now employing more than 60 people. Production has increased 20 percent from 2015 to 2016.

The Swan Island factory currently produces 15 different SKUs from Keen’s American Built collection. Among those items are high-end outdoor hiking shoes and Utility work boots. In addition, the team recently began making its first volume sandal, the Rialto.

Keen Portland Factory
Keen Portland Factory
Inside Keen’s Portland Footwear Factory. Courtesy of brand.

Chris Heffernan, GM of the Keen Utility division, said that U.S. production offers a strategic advantage for the brand. “We are able to respond much more quickly to demand, maintain tighter control over product quality, and develop new product concepts on a significantly reduced lead time,” he said.

And Keen’s made-in-America collection also resonates with consumers. “Our consumers prefer American Built products and support companies who are bringing production and jobs back to American soil,” said Heffernan. “This is clear to us given the response and sales we’re seeing behind our Mt. Vernon, Braddock and Leavenworth workboots.”

As a result, Keen plans to continue to grow its domestic production. In 2017 alone, it intends to add another eight to 10 Utility styles.

Keen Portland Factory
Keen Portland Factory
Inside Keen’s Portland Footwear Factory. Courtesy of brand.

Helping to lead the charge is Claire Juttelstad, the new director of manufacturing. She joined the company in January after previous stints at Benchmark Knife Co. and Lacrosse Footwear.

Juttelstad oversees all operations at the Portland factory, including engineering, quality, production, cost and inventory.

“I am committed to manufacturing the finest-quality American Built work and hiking products right here at our production facility in Portland,” she said. “As a company, we are committed to significantly growing our production for 2017 and the future.”

20
Mar
16

Men’s American-Made PF Flyers – Made in America

American Made PF Flyers

Link: PFFlyers

PF Flyers is an iconic brand that disappeared from sight for a number of years, but just this past year, one line of PF Flyers, called Center Hi, is now made in the USA. New Balance had bought the brand name in 2001, but because some “Made in USA”  products have found a niche market (especially the retro products), they have brought back this one model to be made in the USA. New Balance is the only maker of athletic shoes in the USA.

Description

You can’t replace a classic, but you can bring it back, bettered. Merging retro 1960s athletic styling with the comfort of a contemporary running shoe, the new USA-made PF is fitted with a leather toe cap and full pigskin lining, and features a performance insert and high-tech midsole for exceptional cushioning. The colors available: White, black, blue, burgundy, grey and leather.

Guideboat company link: Men’s American-Made PF Flyers – Men’s Footwear

PF Flyers black

PF Flyers Center Hi – black

The Story of PF Flyers

At the turn of the century, innovative tire manufacturers discovered a new use for their vulcanized rubber and canvas techniques: casual footwear.

One such pioneer was BF Goodrich, who manufactured several lines of vulcanized athletic shoes, oxfords, heels and boots. In 1933, Goodrich patented the Posture Foundation insole. This early innovation in comfort forever changed the sneaker landscape and quickly became immensely popular. In 1937, Goodrich brought several of their footwear lines under the brand name “P-F.”

The PF brand grew throughout the ’50s and ’60s,becoming one of the most popular brands in America “for work, relaxation and play.” Women could buy outfits designed to match their PFs, basketball’s first superstar, Bob Cousy, wore PF, and PF was standard issue in the US Army.

PF Flyers white

BF Goodrich posted an impressive $29 million in shoe sales in 1971, but they soon decided to quit the shoe business altogether and sold PF to Converse’s parent company. For a handful of years, PF shoes by Converse were produced; however, the merger was ruled a monopoly and PF was sold once again,trading hands several times.The brand slowly drifted into obscurity, but it was far from forgotten. PF gained a permanent place in American mythology, appearing heroically in movies such as the 1993 classic film,“The Sandlot.”

In 2001, New Balance purchased PF Flyers, viewing it as a great match to their high-performance American brand. With pride in the heritage of PF and a determination not to rely solely on past success, PF designers modernized Posture Foundation and New Balance re-launched the PF brand in 2003. The brand has been regaining momentum since then, and remains true to its original mission of creating premium, classic sneakers rooted in authentic American style.

PF Flyers Center Hi - Blue

PF Flyers Center Hi – Blue

New Balance has just done a joint product with Tanner Goods of Portland, Oregon and have developed an all leather PF Flyers.

PF Flyers - Leather

PF Flyers – Leather

You can shop for all of these models at pfflyers.com.

 

15
Sep
15

Kiwi Sandals – Quality Hand Crafted Leather Sandals

I love small businesses. This one I saw this weekend at the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival 2015. There are lots of little crafts msot American made and some small clothing merchants, some American made. But this one: Kiwi Sandals, I had not seen previously. Kiwi Sandals are a second generation leather sandal makers.

Sandal Model #111

Sandal Model #111

Source: Quality Hand Crafted Leather Sandals By Lee Risler Since 1963

Sandal model #41

Sandal model #41

All sandals are hand-crafted by Lee Risler using the finest materials available. He started making sandals back in 1963. The sandals are now made by his son Rhett Risler and his wife Jessica Risler since 2004. The leather are all American made, mainly from Chicago, while the Vibram bottoms are from Argentina. They are all made in Lucerne Valley, California. The sandals are very durable and long-lasting at an affordable price. These sandals are resoleable and are guaranteed not to come apart. I think some of these sandals would be great for Renaissance Fairs.

Sandal Model #1a

Sandal Model #1a

To order your sandals, go to their website: kiwisandals.com and then go to “How to Order”.

Kiwi sandals also has a Facebook Page.

12
Aug
15

How to Find the Right Running Shoes without the help of a salesman

New Balance Made in USA This article is aimed at helping you find the right running shoes. First, we will look at the characteristics of the perfect running shoe. Second, to find the right type of shoe, we will need to determine how your feet rotate after it strikes the ground – does it pronate or supinate. And then, determine what type of arch your foot has. Finally, we will see how shoe manufacturers try to compensate for all of these different types of feet. But, when it comes to running shoes made in the USA, there is only one choice – New Balance.

New Balance 990

New Balance 990 Made in USA

The Characteristics of The Perfect Running Shoe

When we think of the perfect running shoe, we imagine a light-as-air-shoe that you barely know you are wearing that makes you run faster and without injury. The problem is that this is an impossible dream. The lightest shoes have the least amount of cushioning and the least amount of stability. So, everything is a sort of compromise. The most important factor is attaining a running shoe is a comfortable and correctly-fitted shoe that is cushioned and well-balanced. Don’t go strictly by the size. Always try on the shoes, tie them and run around before buying a pair. Sizes may very between brands and sometimes within the same brand. Tip: it is best to try on shoes later in the day or after a run (feet do swell from a minimal amount to a moderate amount throughout the day, the least amount of swelling is right after waking up – which is the worst time to try on shoes). Don’t pick shoes that are too small. There should be enough room for a thumbnail at the toe end of the shoe. Shoelaces should be tied snugly but not too tight. And, pick a type of shoe based on your own feet to decrease injury – see below.

———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Which direction do your feet Go? In describing the way the feet rotate, first we need to define a couple of terms: pronate and supinate. To easily visualize this, let us use your arms (instead of your feet): Sit in front of a table with elbows on the table and thumbs pointing straight at the ceiling – this is the neutral position. Rotate your arms so that you end up with your palms down on the table – this is pronation. If you rotate your arms so that the backs of the hands are on the table – that is supination. Now, when we talk about the feet and ankles, all feet will pronate, the issue is how much. In running, 95% of people land on the heel (the outside half of the heel) and then there is a rotation (or pronation) onto the rest of the foot of about 15 degrees.

Overpronation

Overpronation

The 15 degree pronation is called “neutral pronation” or just “neutral”. When the foot rotates inwards more than 15 degrees, this is called overpronation or sometimes just “pronation”.

Overpronation

Overpronation

If the foot rotates inwards less than 15 degrees, it is called underpronation or sometimes “supination”. An underpronator will land on the outside of the heel and will transfer the weight to the front of the foot mostly on the outside of the foot. prone supinate Runner’s World article on Pronation and video of underpronator on treadmill.

———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Feet – Type of Arch (from Runner’s World) A second method in choosing a shoe is determining the arch of the foot. What type of arch do you have? One way is to just look at your foot. A more accurate method is to examine your footprint by either running in the sand or on paper with wet feet. (Not everybody agrees that the arch of the foot tells you whether you overpronate or underpronate or are neutral).

The Arch of the Foot

The Arch of the Foot

There are three different types of feet (having to do with the arches):

Flat Feet

If you’re looking at your foot, you’ll know you have flat feet if you don’t see any arch. The bottom of your foot, from your toes to your heel, is completely flat. If you do the footprint test, your print will look like a foot-shaped blob. You won’t see an inward curve from your big toe to your heel. Problem? If you’re flat-footed, you’re most likely an overpronator, which means that your feet roll inward when you run. What to Buy: “Stability” or “Motion Control” shoes.

Arch imprints on the floor

Arch imprints on the floor

High-arched Feet

You should be able to easily determine if you have high arches — you’ll notice a high and definite arch on your foot.

If you do the footprint test, your print will curve inward, making the middle part of your foot look very skinny. When you push your hand against the bottom of your foot, your arch will stay rigid.

Problem? If you have high arches, you probably supinate or underpronate, which means your feet roll outwards as you run. It’s very important that runners with high arches periodically re-measure their feet because running will cause their arches to gradually fall, making their feet longer. What to Buy: “Cushioned” type shoes.

Neutral or Normal Feet

If you’ve examined your foot or your footprint and it doesn’t look flat-footed or high-arched, you most likely have a neutral or normal foot. Your footprint will have a noticeable curve inward, but not by more than 3/4 of an inch. Problem? As long as you pick a running shoe that doesn’t counteract your foot type, you shouldn’t encounter any problems. This is the most common type of foot, and it’s also the least susceptible to injury provided it’s outfitted with proper footwear. What to Buy: Just about any well made running shoe. Avoid “motion control” or a strong “stability” shoes.

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How Do You Know Whether You Overpronate, Underpronate or are Neutral?

The simplest way to see which way you run (overpronate, underpronate or are neutral) is to look at your own old running shoes and look at the wear pattern: Everybody will have increased wear on the outer heel first (95%) but it is the forefoot which will tell you which way you pronate. If there is increased wear on the inside of the forefoot of the shoe, then you are an overpronator; if there is increased wear on the outside of the forefoot, then you are an underpronator; if the wear is in the middle then you are neutral. See the diagram below:

Wear Patterns

Wear Patterns

If this is method is unavailable, the the very best way of determining pronation is going to a store that specializes in running shoes and have the salesperson evaluate your running motion or, better yet, video tape you running on a treadmill.

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Types of Shoes

There are three types of shoes: Cushioned, Motion Control and Stability.

Cushioned Shoes

The simplest to explain is the “Cushioning” shoes. Cushioning is actually a “neutral” shoe, it is does not attempt to move the feet in any unnatural way. They are usually the most flexible and the most cushioned. Cushioning is on three levels: first, the treads – often a soft type rubber, like blown rubber: second, the insert is a cushion – usually the more expensive the shoe, the better the cushion: and third, the sole – the sole has cushioning, and usually the more expensive the shoe the more cushioned the sole.

Best Bets for Cushioned Shoes

Cushioned shoes are best for neutral runners, people with high arches and especially underpronators (because the other two types: motion control and stability shoes tend to cause the foot to underpronate which would exacerbate the underpronators’ problem.)

Motion Control Shoes

Motion Control shoes are made specifically for overpronators. On the arch side of the Motion Control Shoes has more support – either denser rubber or other materials (which do not compress as easily and therefore gives more support) and/or roll bars to eliminate excessive roll towards the inside of the foot. The motion control shoes are usually the stiffest, and some are well cushioned. (If there is no salesperson around and you see a different colored and harder rubber on the arch, then you know you are dealing with a motion controlled shoe. Shoe manufacturers do not ever put dual density (denser) rubber only on the outside of the shoe – if it happens, it is going around the whole heel and arch as well.)

New Balance motion control shoes has a different colored Dual Density rubber on the arch side of the shoe

New Balance motion control shoes have a different colored Dual Density rubber on the arch side of the shoe

Best Bets For Motion Control Shoes

Motion Control shoes are best for overpronators and people with flat feet. Mild pronators may be okay. Underpronators – stay away.

Stability Shoes

Stability Shoes are a kind of hybrid between the motion control and the cushioned shoes. Stability shoes have some arch support which prevents overpronation when one is tired.  Often there is mid-foot support with a good amount of cushioning. These are the best sellers as they are good for mild pronators, normal arch, neutral runners and flat feet – which constitute most runners. Overpronators can also benefit from some stability control.

Types of Running Shoes Based on Where You Run

If you are not a serious runner, you may be awed by the all of the different types of shoes for running. The most common type of running shoes are called Trainers or road shoes. They have the most cushioning, they are more durable and the treads are made for hard surfaces.

Trail shoes are similar to trainers except the treads are different, made specially for softer surfaces and trails.

Cross Trainers are a shoe designed for both running and aerobics. For the serious runner, these types of shoes usually are not adequate.

Race shoes are ultra light weight shoes with just a little bit of cushion, if any. The bottoms differ based on the surface to be raced on – road, track or trail (spikes).

New Balance Shoes

New Balance has been making shoes for 75 years. Whereas all other athletic she manufacturers have abandoned the United States for the cheaper shores of China and Vietnam, New Balance still makes some athletic shoes in the USA, they are the only athletic shoe manufacturer in the USA presently. What is great about the New Balance shoes, besides being of incredible quality, is that they proudly display that they are made in the USA. On the outside of the American made shoes, there is a stamp of the American Flag on the box, and on the shoes, stamped “Made in the USA” is on the tongue or on the back of the shoes.

New Balance 998 Made in USA

New Balance 998 Made in USA

New Balance also allows you to design your own shoes. Choose your own colors or designs on certain models, check out their website: New Balance customize your own shoes.

Other References

Runner’s World Tips and Videos Runners Advisor

Huffington Post It’s All About The Roll

Is It Harmful to Heel Strike While Running? Myths of Forefoot striking

How to choose running shoes – REI




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