If you’ve done any running at all (whether you’re a professional athlete or a casual, recreational runner) then you know that the shoes you’re wearing can make all the difference to how you and your feet feel both during and after the run. Runners are often looking for something both comfortable as well as functional (shoes that can help improve and strengthen a running technique), but this combination can be tricky to find. Because finding the perfect pair can often be a long and confusing process, this article will explain some of the most important points to consider when purchasing a new pair of running shoes.
Consider Your Purpose And The Shoes’ Intended Use
Think about what you’ll be using the running shoes for, as well as how often you’ll be using them. If you’re not a professional athlete but a recreational jogger for example, you’ll probably have little use for running shoes that are especially designed for runners aiming at higher running speeds. It may also be beneficial to consider where you’ll be doing most of your running; will you be road running or are you planning on running through a forest trail, for example? There are running shoes created to suit a variety of different purposes, make sure you pick the right ones for maximum comfort and effect!
Think About Your Running Style
Your running style or pronation (as it is often referred to) depends on how your foot (specifically the ball of your foot and a small portion of your heel) rolls on the ground when you walk and run. There are three main pronation types, neutral pronation, overpronation and under-pronation (or supination); getting acquainted with these technical terms will help you determine your pronation and which sort of running shoes you will perform best in. There are different running shoes for different pronation types, and choosing the wrong variety could make running extremely uncomfortable and could even cause various injuries.
Get Up Close And Personal With Your Feet
Similar to your pronation, the exact shape of your feet can help you determine which running shoes you are more likely to do well in – different shoe types employ different technologies for specific types of feet. There are three main types of feet: flat feet, “normal” feet, and feet with high arches.
Conduct The 360 Degrees Test
When we try on different shoes, we’re most often concerned with the length of our feet and the shoes we’re trying. While length is of course important, there are other dimensions worth considering too. How well your foot fits into the sides of the running shoes, as well as at the top of the shoes, is also a great indicator of how comfortable you’re likely to be when running. The running shoes you choose should fit well all around.
Consider Your Shopping Time
Our feet tend to swell a little bit throughout the day. Because of this, trying on a pair of running shoes in the morning will not give you an accurate picture of what the shoes will feel like later on in the day. Delay your shoe shopping until later on in the day, when your feet are at their average size to find the perfect fit.
Finding good running shoes can be a tricky business, but if you know exactly what to look for, and how to assess a pair of running shoes in consideration to your specific needs and foot shape, size and pronation, the process can be made much simpler and a whole lot more fun!