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Hello,

I am looking for a pair of running shoes but have no access to any specialist shop to help me choose a pair suitable for my feet.

I have flat feet and this would suggest that I overpronate. However, when I look at the soles of shoes that I have used over some time (i.e. shoes that have obvious wear and tear), the most evident wear appears on the outer sides of the shoe - imagine looking at the sole of the right shoe - the toe is at the top right corner; the most wear is at the bottom left corner, i.e. the outward side of the heel, and the upper middle of the left side, roughly around my smallest toe. The wear on the shoe would suggest that I supinate rather than overpronate (right?). I have checked several pairs of old-ish shoes (irrespective of their purpose, materials, etc.) and this pattern of wear is consistent.

I am a little confused as to how my flat feet are compatible with this wear of the soles and how this could be taken into account when choosing a pair of running shoes (as I said, I dont have access to a shop and need to do this online. I know this is not ideal). Could more experience forum users shed some light/give ideas?

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Thanks for your response. As I wrote in the opening post, I cannot test what is comfortable before I buy, so I need to decipher in advance whether I overpronate or not.

If I interpret your comment correctly, the pattern of sole wear is not really relevant - right?
 

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What is comfortable for you is the choice criterion, not to what degree you pronate or supinate, that was the suggestion above. So if you cannot try on a pair before sending off for them, pick a place that has a return policy. The safest bet would be to choose a neutral shoe and try to choose things like toebox width, cushioning and drop based on past experience. If a past pair of shoes was comfortable and worked for you, don't let anyone tell you they were the «wrong» pair for you.
 

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Thanks for your response. As I wrote in the opening post, I cannot test what is comfortable before I buy, so I need to decipher in advance whether I overpronate or not.

If I interpret your comment correctly, the pattern of sole wear is not really relevant - right?
Steve is correct, if your current shoes are comfortable and you want to get it correct the first time I would just get the latest model.
 
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