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Running Shoes - Tips for Finding the Perfect Pair

By Edited Oct 24, 2016 0 0

Every year, the new technologies are presented in running shoes. Even with all the new technology, there is still no running shoe that is perfect. Every person has feet of different sizes and shapes. This article will help you choose the right shoe for your feet.

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There are a few things to research before you can even start looking at running shoes. Remember the old saying "Fail to plan and you plan to fail". Biomechanics is the first thing you need to know. Your feet work using biomechanics. Understanding the biomechanics of how your feet work will make it easier to find the right running shoe for your feet. You should choose a model of running shoe based on your foot type and not on the style of the shoe. You should visit your regular podiatrist to get a complete evaluation of your foot. A biomechanical exam will take a long time. If you cannot do the entire exam, a local running supply store will be happy to help you choose the right running shoe. There will always be at least one salesman available who has experience with running shoes and can help you find what you need. If you are really lucky, a podiatrist will be on the staff. The podiatrist will want to know more about you before they can give you a recommendation. The Podiatrist/salesman will want to know what plans you have for your running. They will want to know if you are planning a marathon or if you are just looking to run for weight loss. They will need to know if you are going to be running outside or inside on a treadmill; on grass or on concrete. They will use your answers to recommend the right running shoe for your need. Here are a few of the other questions they may ask, or they may need to find out:

1. Is your foot arch normal, flat or high? 2. Do you have any foot deformities such as bunions or hammertoes and do they affect you when you run?

3. Do you need to wear cushioned liners in your shoes?

4. What type of shoe will be good for your feet and your balance - stability, neutral or motion control?

5. What is the size of your feet and will you need longer or wider shoes? Make sure you jot down everything about your feet.

This information is good to know if you want to try more than one shoe store or for next time you head to the athletic store. Here is a list of the basic foot types and some recommendations for each type:

1. Underpronator and biomechanically efficient feet should wear a neutral shoe.

2. Mild to moderate pronation feet should wear a shoe with stability.

3. Feet with moderate to severe overpronator should wear a motion control shoe.

4. A biomechanically efficient runner who runs a lot of marathons should choose the light weight racer.

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Reebok Womens Runtone Running Shoe
Once you know the biomechanics of your shoe, you can choose the correct type of running shoe. Now that you know the type of shoe you need, you can go shopping! Always buy your shoes at a local store that specializes in running shoes. They will professionally fit you for shoes. Be sure to shop late in the day when your foot will be larger because of swelling. Do not go to a store that just sells athletic shoes. They will not know anything about the relationship of running and foot type. When running, there is a huge amount of pressure with each strike of the foot. You will want the shoes to be fitted by a specialist and not some amateur who thinks he knows what he is talking about. There is no point in wearing a shoe that might injure your feet. When you are at the running store, learn the employees names and get to know them personally. You will want to know who is going to take care of your feet. Ask the employees a few questions to get to know them:

1. How long have you worked at this running store?

2. How often do you run? Have you ever ran a marathon?

3. What running shoe do you think is the best? Why? Be very wary of their answers. There are wrong answers to these questions. If they answer question number three with a brand name, be very cautious.

The best answer to this question is that they have a favorite shoe that works for them but it will not be the best shoe for your feet.

Make sure the shoe store does the following things:

1. The store employees should answer all your questions and not avoid questions.

2. They should measure the length and width of your feet and figure out your shoe size. These measurements should be the same as the one you received at your foot evaluation..

3. They should state their return policy and you should know it well. You will want to try the shoes out to make sure they are comfortable and don't cause pain. You should have thirty days to return the shoes. Some stores are different so make sure you know the policy. Always store your receipt in the shoe box and store them where you can find them.

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If you need to return your shoes, you will have them handy. Try on many different brands and styles to find a shoe that is right for your foot type. The store should have a treadmill that you can run on to get a feel for the shoes. Some stores will let you run with the shoes outside. This is an important decision so take all the time you need. The store will let you take all the time you need to make a decision. If the store rushes you to make a decision, go somewhere else. You will not be able to be an efficient running if you purchase the wrong shoes.

A pair of running shoes will run around $100 and up to $150 depending on the brand. If you can afford it, buy more than one pair of shoes and alternate. Shoes only last three to five hundred miles. Depending on how much you run per day, you should have to buy a new pair of shoes once every six months. The shoes can be taken to a running store to be evaluated by an employee. They can tell you if you need new shoes. A true sign that you need new shoes is pain in the shin area. If you get new shoes and the pain continues, it might be time to see the podiatrist to get a new evaluation.

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A great tip to remember when to buy new shoes is to write the date of purchase on the side of the shoe with permanent marker. Make sure you write the date on the side of the shoe and not on the heel. The marker will rub off on the heel. Six months from the date, you can buy a new pair of running shoes.

When you get done with a pair of running shoes, donate them to charity. They can still be worn for walking and some poor soul without a pair of shoes will be happy. Another thing you can do with your shoes is recycle them. The rubber can be used for all sorts of neat projects.



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