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Have you ever done the arch test?  You can learn a lot about what kind of running shoe you need based solely on your wet footprint.


If you can see about half of your arch, as I can, you’re a normal pronator (pronation is when your foot collapses in when it strikes the ground).  If you can see your entire footprint, you are flat footed, which probably means you’re an overpronator – your foot collapses in too much.  There are shoes made just for this foot type.  And if you can’t see much or any of your arch at all, just your heel and balls of your foot, this means you’re a supinator, which means your foot doesn’t collapse in enough.  A little collapse is necessary to help absorb the shock of the foot strike.  If you’re a supinator, you need a neutral shoe – no added stability or pronation reduction.  (Source)


I wasn’t running today, though – hence the wet footprints.


I swam 1,000 glorious yards in my gym’s outdoor pool.  Swimming outside is so much more fun than an indoor pool.  I love being able to see the sky when I raise my face out of the water for a breath.


Lunch and snacks were simple grab-and-go foods that I could eat one-handed while taking care of little Hen – peanut butter sandwich, fruit, a granola bar.  Dinner was something delicious, though.


I combined a bunch of leftovers – stir-fried veggies, roasted potato, baked tofu, and eggplant – with some tamari sauce (basically soy sauce). 


Tasty and fast.  Just what I need on a Tuesday night.


Henry says hi. 


Fun facts about babies’ feet:  They are born with only 22 bones per foot, but by age five, they have 26 bones in each foot.  And all babies’ feet look flat – but they aren’t truly flat-footed.  Their feet only look flat thanks to fat deposits on the soles of their feet.  A human’s arch doesn’t fully develop until about age 10.  So right now, Henry is an overpronator , but who knows what kind of running shoe he’ll need when he’s an adult!  Lucky for me, he stays put in his Boppy pillow for now.  Winking smile



  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 24, 2012, 8:36 pm

    I like that water trick! And Henry’s feet are adorable as-is!

  • Kristen@Change of Pace July 24, 2012, 8:38 pm

    I am totally doing this tomorrow. I bet mine is normal. I think it’s great that you are able to go to the gym and swim. It’s hard for so many new moms to be able to do that and I think that some moms even feel guilty. You’ve got to take care of yourself physically and mentally so you are able to take care of your baby.

  • Laura July 24, 2012, 8:45 pm

    We have that same Wubbanub! Love it 🙂

  • sarah July 24, 2012, 8:55 pm

    and babies don’t grow kneecaps until about 2 years!

  • Anna D July 24, 2012, 8:59 pm

    I’m a supinator (my ballet teachers used to make me show the entire class my arch), but it actually makes running difficult. The people in the running shop where I buy my shoes don’t know what to do with me!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 24, 2012, 9:07 pm

    My husband and I just got our feet checked a few weeks ago. It was an amazingly eye opening experience! We are both now wearing the right shoes for us individually and loving our new runs together. I love baby feet! Too sweet! I always said my youngest sons toes looked like little corn niblets…I miss those days (sometimes).

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 24, 2012, 9:20 pm

    I was just talking to someone the other day about the wet foot test for running shoes. Mizuno’s website has a great self-tutorial to figure out what kind of running shoes you should have!

  • Irina @ Chocolatea Time July 24, 2012, 9:26 pm

    I did this test but in the sand instead. I have flat feet and ended up with shin splits and other random aches as I increased my mileage. Luckily I have orthotics now which alleviate the problem.

    Baby feet = the most adorable thing ever!!!

  • Amy July 24, 2012, 9:37 pm

    I have flat feet but run high (up on my toes) so it makes buys shoes so hard. I eat through shoes and have to replace them soo often!!

  • Jen July 24, 2012, 10:26 pm

    I’m pretty sure I have high arches, and while I don’t have any wet-footprint proof, lol, I think my feet tend to roll outward, based on the wear I see on my sneaks. And UUUUGGGGH! Baby feet kill me! I’m not a baby person at all – I don’t even want any of my own – but their little feetsies are soooooo cute!

  • Christine @ BookishlyB July 25, 2012, 12:19 am

    I have horrible flat feet, plus an extra bone in one of my ankles that causes inflammation. The days after half marathons are usually extremely painful (as are the first few steps every morning). The alternative if foot surgery, which I can’t quite get behind at this point.

  • Rachel July 25, 2012, 2:15 am

    The wet foot test is helpful in many cases, but not always accurate. I have high arches, yet I am a slight overpronater. Weird! So, you never know. Go to your local running store where they can record you running and analyze your gait.

    • Claire July 25, 2012, 2:21 am

      Yeah, agree with this. It is usually a reasonable indication, but not all flat footed folks over pronate and not all high arched folk supinate. For the record my poor feet are as flat as a tack, my wet foot print doesn’t go in at the arch at all.

    • Jennifer July 25, 2012, 10:35 am

      I agree with this as well. I have ridiculously flat feet and always assumed I was an overpronator and would get shin splints when I ran even with shoes specifically for overpronators. I finally got fitted and it turns out I’m a neutral runner! I had no pain issues when I trained for a half marathon this past spring.

  • Courtney @ Translating Nutrition July 25, 2012, 3:30 am

    Goodness do I miss an outdoor pool to swim in. So jealous to see that gorgeous pool with no one in it! Where I’m living, in normally cloudy and cold Belgium, there are no outdoor pools. As a CA girl, I reallllly miss them. Enjoy!

  • Kim L. July 25, 2012, 7:47 am

    I love baby piggies!!! Great post- Henry’s feet at the end was the best part : )

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 25, 2012, 7:52 am

    I’ve done that water trick! Apparently I’m pretty flat footed, which means the semi-minimalist shoes I’ve been running in lately aren’t the best choice for me, according to what my PT told me yesterday. Whoops! 😛

  • Steph @ A Life without Ice Cream July 25, 2012, 7:53 am

    OMG that shot of Henry’s feet made me melt into my cup of tea!

  • Beth July 25, 2012, 8:17 am

    Henry is super cute!

    It’s important to note about pronation, that you can actually pronate different amount for different activities. I have normal pronation when I walk, but I over pronate when I run!

  • HTPDad July 25, 2012, 8:18 am

    really clean toes, Henry!

  • Morgan July 25, 2012, 8:25 am

    My husband has extremely flat feet. Even if he’s just sitting without his feet on the floor he has zero arch. it looks crazy and he says it’s very uncomfortable to walk for long periods. Running is out of the question! he has orthotics but they don’t do much for him.

  • Maria July 25, 2012, 8:40 am

    I love baby feet and piggies. My son is 4 and I still just love to eat his piggies, but now they smell. haha. 🙂

  • Jayce July 25, 2012, 9:22 am

    Is that a Wubbanub paci in Henry’s mouth? Does it work? Would you recommend? We have a 5 week old and an upcoming road trip so I’ve been considering getting one.

    • Caitlin July 25, 2012, 9:31 am

      Yes! It doesn’t work perfectly at this age but it’s better than a regular pacifier.

  • liz July 25, 2012, 9:40 am

    gotta love that boppy! best present we received

  • Liz July 25, 2012, 10:22 am

    Fun fact about my feet: I have an extra bone in each of them! So 27 in each. Weird, i know.

    I’m also a total over pronator but run in neutral shoes and vibrams. With careful training, it can be done!

  • Morgan @ Morganshines July 25, 2012, 11:16 am

    OMG the baby feet!!!!! Love love love!

  • Kendra @ My Full-Thyme Life July 25, 2012, 11:32 am

    Overpronator here! I have very flat feet and it stinks with a capital S!! Not only is it a pain (figuratively and literally) when it comes to running but I was a dancer for most of my life and the pain I suffered from having flat feet was huge. I’ve even had bunion surgery at the age of 22 because the combination of flat feet and constrictive dance shoes led to one very painful bunion. Most women don’t have problem with them until they are 40 or older. I know have pins and screws in the arch of my foot to prevent the bunion from returning. I have to say, I have arch envy…

  • Tammy Root July 25, 2012, 11:55 am

    I LOVE baby feet!!!!! They are so darn cute! That is the cutest picture. 🙂

  • Lisa July 25, 2012, 12:34 pm

    I swam outside in an amazing pool on vacation in Tucson. It was one of my favorite memories. Swimming outside with the sun bright and warm, the desert mountains all around was such a fun thing!

  • KnSPeace July 25, 2012, 1:25 pm

    I love swimming laps outdoors too! I so enjoy getting to that most of the year since I’ve moved to southern California! I did not know that about baby’s feet. Very interesting!

  • Brigid July 25, 2012, 2:32 pm

    My feet are pretty dern flat and I slightly overpronate. I’m also pigeon-toed, and though my feet are small-ish (6.5 in normal shoes), they are wide. Buying running shoes is so annoying. I couldn’t do it without the professionals!

  • Ned C July 25, 2012, 7:26 pm

    cool babby feet 🙂

  • Julia H. @ Going Gulia July 26, 2012, 11:20 am

    I actually haven’t done the wet foot arch test, but I’m a big overpronator. It’s taken me three different pairs of running sneakers to finally find one with enough support to prevent injuries! The pair of shoes I have now (THE BEST!) was described to me by the FleetFeet employee who analyzed my feet as pretty much having the most extra support you can get, haha.

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 27, 2012, 5:08 pm

    I went to a running store once to find out what kind of foot arch pattern I have. They told me I pronate, but I’m almost convinced that I supinate judging by the wear on my shoes! Guess I need a second opinion 🙂

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