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How to Shop For the Best Running Shoes

By Edited Jan 14, 2016 0 2

Choosing the Right Shoes

Tips on Shopping for Shoes

Choosing a good pair of running shoes is essential for your comfort and health. In running, these two factors are closely connected. Many health buffs consider choosing running as an exercise because this one of the simplest yet most effective ways to achieve a healthy lifestyle. With this regular activity, good pair of running shoes will keep them company for a long time.

Since every person is unique, every pair of feet differs. Therefore, the initial step in selecting quality running shoes is to determine what you require from your running shoes. You need to check your level of pronation. In anatomy, pronation refers to the foot's rotational ability which makes the sole to face more across than when you're in a standing position. It is the inverse of supination.


If your feet have the tendency to pronate excessively, your feet can turn abnormally leading to flat arches. When you have high pronation, you will notice that the soles of your shoes wear out faster on the interior area. If you are less likely to pronate, your feet angles toward the exterior, which results to high arches and the soles of your shoes have are more worn out on both the interior and exterior of your shoes.

When you have determined the specifications of your feet, you'll now have a general approximation on what qualities to look for in your new running shoes. Three main characteristics to check are the durability, the thickness of the padding, and the level of action control. If you have a high arch, then you're over-pronating, you should choose running shoes which are more padded. If you have a medium arch, you should select running shoes that have higher durability. If you have flat arches, then you must choose running shoes with dependable action control. If you have normal arches, then running shoes with extra padding and durability are for you. You may check the guides from various manufacturers to give you more idea on canvassing possible running shoes that fit your needs.

Do not buy shoes that are either too tight or too roomy. It should have just enough space to allow your feet to relax, in a way, permit it to breathe. There must be a thumb's-width of adequate space between the tip of your toe to the end of the shoe to give enough space in the toe area for your toes to move. Buy good socks and make it a point to wear them when you try the shoes on when you sop for your shoes. Walk around the store to examine the strength and comfort of the shoes. Should you need help in checking your exact shoe size or the correct fit, visit a shoe shop with trained sales people that can assist you during your shoe hunt. There are stores that sell running shoes specializing in human foot orthotics to assist you in finding the right fit with the best features. However, in the end you must follow your own decision.  Nowadays you can even get a good price bargain using a shoebuy coupon.  Shoe shops are in the business industry and they will always attempt to convince you to purchase their most expensive shoes. Don't buy them if you are unsure, and inquire about running shoes that cost less but also have the correct features.

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If your running regimen is high-intensity, you should definitely invest in the best running shoes. For instance, if you are a professional marathon runner, it is wise to consider buying two pairs of fine running shoes for alternate use.



Dec 15, 2010 7:15am
I think you've done a decent job at the basics of selecting the right shoe. However, you're article is filled with a lot of generalities that in the long run could lead to injury.

To give a consumer a diagram of a foot position chart only covers a small portion of the population. Plus you never told your target audience where in the foot plant phase to look for the foot position. Also it needs to be observed during running, not walking. (a common mistake done at Specialty Stores) Also relying on arch height only allows one to how to chose a shoe from the sub section of shoes to fit the arch better. For example, I'm a neutral runner with very high arches. According to your article I should wear a shoe to control my pronation...however, I don't pronate at all and had I been one to follow your advice, I'd be in a pair of shoes that would be incorrect for me. Why is this important? A neutral runner who runs in a stability shoe will find the shoe actually causes them to supinate, thus increasing the risk of injury to the knees.

Also you failed to even mention the fact that someone who may have flat feet, pronate, supinate, etc, may have all this go out the window if they happen to be a forefoot striker...(thus their feet usually will be a neutral strike)

You make a subtle jab at specialty stores about saying they will "always" attempt to make one buy the most expensive shoe. This is simply not true in a shop with a reputation to maintain. Now if you are talking about the "big brick box chain stores" you may be correct, but then again, anyone who goes to a Dicks, Academy, Sport Authority, will get a kid know's less than you do about running shoes.
Sep 15, 2011 8:42am
I found your article be be interesting and helpful. I learned a lot about running shoes that I had never thought about.
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