All right, it’s time for some hard truth concerning arches. First off, each arch acts as the structural feature of your foot, bearing the brunt of full-body pressure with each running or walking stride. If the arches are left unsupported, you run the risk of a painful array of musculoskeletal issues in the future. The problem is that every individual needs something different when it comes to arch support, meaning the contour of the shoe that forms to the shape of your foot. The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends “motion control” sneakers that prevent collapsing and inward rolling arches for those with low arches. If you have high arches, shoes with built in “cushioning” or adding a custom insert will prevent outward rolling while building up inward arch strength.