Looking for the best running shoes for your feet? We are here to help. Unlike in the past when selecting running shoes was easy, nowadays the various brands make it difficult to pick the right running shoes. Every sport now has specific shoe types which are comfortable and prevent injuries such as plantar fasciitis, blisters and shin splints. So, how to choose the best running shoes for your feet?
1. The Type of Surface You’ll Be Running On
Knowing what you plan to do with your running shoes is the first critical step in determining the right running shoes. For instance, if most of your training will be on trails, you’ll need a pair of shoes designed to support your ankle and offer stability on all kinds of terrain be it a soft muddy trail or hard pack terrain.
Their soles have deeper tread for extra traction and stability on slippery terrain. They also have midfoot wraps and lugged outer soles for more stability.
On the other hand, if you’re running on pavement or on the treadmill, you’ll need road shoes that provide more cushioning, hence more shock absorption compared to trail shoes. Alternatively, if you’ll be combining both pavement and trail, you require a hybrid running shoes featuring both cushioning and deep treads.
2. What’s Your Running Style?
Did you know that there are different running styles? While for some the outside of the heels is the first to come into contact with the ground, for others, it’s the inside of the forefoot as with many sprinters. If the initial point of contact is mainly via the forefoot, you’ll need a pair of running shoes with heavy cushioning at the front. For long distance runners, the point of initial contact is the heel, hence you should look for running shoes with lots of cushioning in the heel.
3. How Far Will You Be Running?
If you’re a jogger, you’ll need a different type of running shoes than if you were a marathoner. Running long distance requires a pair of shoes with more cushioning compared to more flexible shoes for short distance running.
4. Know Your Arch Type and Flexibility
Now that you know the best cushioning level depending on the running distance and terrain, you should learn how your arch type affects your running. There are three arch types namely:
- High Arch. If you’ve got high arches that are less flexible, then you mostly stay on the outsides of your feet. You’ll need Neutral running shoes with more cushion for shock absorption and to keep your feet from rolling outwards during running.
- Medium Arch (Pronation). Your feet roll inwards slightly while running and you require running shoes designed for stability. A more rigid insole with midsole technology will offer more arch support.
- Low Arch. Your feet are highly flexible and they angle inward to the extent that you have no arch. Also known as severe overpronation, your ankles don’t have the ability to stabilize your body properly. This calls for running shoes that offer maximum support, also called Motion Control Shoe. Motion control shoe is designed to reduce excessive rolling action and provide extra shock absorption effects to create control and stability.
5. Buy Running Shoes Late in the Evening
Your feet expand during the day and after running. So, we recommended to purchase your running shoes when your feet are the largest to get the perfect fit. Purchasing running shoes in the morning hours will feel tighter later on when your feet start to expand due to heat. Additionally, shop where shoe experts will give you advice on the best-fitting running shoes. These specialist shops will have a treadmill where you can use to test the comfortability and support that the shoes can provide.
6. Don’t Just Shop for Brand Names
Not all expensive shoes or known brands offer the best shoes. Manufacturers know what appeals most to consumers and might offer shoes that aren’t as comfortable as you wished for. Always shop for comfortability, stability, and support to avoid injuries.
Other Factors to Consider
- Choose heels that fit snugly. If they are too tight, you won’t run long in them.
- Wear the same type of socks that you use while running when buying the shoes.
- When going for shoe fitting, bring along your old pair of running shoes. One look at your shoes will tell a good salesperson your running style and help you decide on the best running shoes for your feet.
Finally, you should know when to replace your running shoes. Usually, you need to replace your running shoes every four months or after running an average of 400 miles. However, it’s better to replace the shoes earlier rather than later.
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