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Women are more likely to overpronate than men, research suggests

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  April 16, 2021

Are you wearing the right running shoes for your pronation level? Research shows that women overpronate more than men

New stats from smart insole brand NURVV‘s database suggest that women are more likely to overpronate and have a rearfoot footstrike pattern than men.

The study showed that of 61% NURVV’s male userbase had neutral pronation when running versus 55% of female users. 30% of men were overpronaters, compared to 36% of women, with 9% of both women and men falling in the under-pronation category.

Women were also significantly more likely to be rearfoot footstrikers, with 56% making initial contact with the ground at the rear of the foot compared to just 49% of men.

These statistics show how vital it is that we’re wearing the right shoes – you can find our guide to picking your perfect shoe here. If you think you pronate then it might be worth getting yourself some support shoes.

For the most accurate information on your running technique, book yourself in for a gait analysis or  try NURVV’s smart insoles.

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Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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