Choosing the right running shoes can make or break your running routine. While spending a lot of money on a pair of running shoes may not seem practical- your feet and joints will tell you otherwise once you start logging miles. Why is this so important? Well, because everyone’s feet pronate differently and everyone has a different gate cycle- and it is important to find running shoes that fit both of these things accordingly to avoid injury and pain. Here are some tips:
- Find a good running shoe store. You can buy your shoe at the local mega-mart, but the sales professionals in a specialty store are better trained to help you pick the right shoe. To locate a store, ask friends who run, check running magazine reviews, or check the yellow pages.
- Examine the soles of your old running shoes. Notice the spots where the shoes show wear from the road. This tells you where your foot falls every time it hits the ground.
- Place your shoes side-by-side on a flat surface. If the shoes tilt in toward the middle, your new shoe probably needs more stability than your old shoe. If they tilt to the outside, you may have a high arch and your new shoes should have good shock absorption
- Look at the top of your shoe. If you can see an outline of your big or little toe, and you’ve noticed discomfort in those areas while running, you should try a larger or wider shoe.
- Consider the amount of running you will be doing. This tells you whether you should buy an elite running shoe or a basic model. The more intense the running, the more money you’ll want to spend on the shoes.
- Go to the running shoe store. Tell them what you’ve found out about your old shoes, or bring a pair with you. The employees should be able to “read” your old shoes and guide your choice. If not, you probably should find a different store.
- Try out the shoes. Many stores will let you take a run up and down the street to audition the shoes. Try on as many shoes as it takes. Make sure you like the feel and fit of the shoe. Try out the new shoes for at least 10 minutes. This lets you know if the shoe maintains its comfort during wear.
- Buy the best running shoes for your feet. When you find the right pair, don’t let them get away. Take them home and start breaking them in!