We often hear, “what is the best shoe or brand of shoe on the market”? The easy answer is…it doesn't exist! This is because your feet, and how they move, is completely unique to you. However, there are a couple of important factors to keep in mind:
1. Look for a strong, semi-rigid heel counter in the shoe. This support will stabilize the heel and help to provide stability during motion. An easy way to check for this is to squeeze the heel of the shoe at about the middle of the heel; you should feel stiffness in this area. If the shoe is easy to compress inwards, there is likely a soft heel counter or it is completely absent.
2. The midsole of the shoe should also torsional stiffness. If you grab the heel and forefoot of the shoe and twist in opposite directions you should meet resistance. If you can wring the shoe out, the midsole is very flexible and could present problems if you are prone to foot trouble.