Top Tips for Choosing Running Shoes

shoesRunning is a popular form of exercise that gives you a really good workout. But it can put a lot of stress on your body, particularly your feet. For that reason, it’s absolutely vital that you wear a good pair of running shoes that are well-equipped for the job. There are a few things to consider when it comes to getting the right pair of running shoes, so read on if you want to find out more.

Why bother?

With so many running shoes and trainers out there to choose from, you might well be thinking it’s probably fine just to get the pair that looks the nicest or those on special offer. But you really need to make a few considerations first.

If the shoes don’t provide the correct stability and cushioning then you could cause yourself injury, so bear this in mind. It doesn’t matter whether you are a seasoned long-distance runner, do the occasional 5k run or an annual fun run; no matter how often you go running, it’s still important to get the right pair of shoes.

Your running style

Knowing your running style is important for assessing what type of shoes to buy. Whether you prefer running on the roadside, off road or on trails, the different surface types will dictate the type of shoe you’ll require and its level of cushioning and support.

Your foot type

Knowing your individual foot type is also important for working out the requirements for the type of shoe you’ll need. There are basically three different foot types: neutral (which is the most common), overpronation (flat feet) and underpronation (high arched feet). If you’re not sure which one is yours, then it’s worth going to a specialist footwear retailer who can assess this for you.

Where to buy shoes?

It might seem tempting to buy your shoes from a supermarket or a discount online store, but if you want to take running seriously, then you should definitely visit a specialist running shop where you can get all the advice you need, and try on a number of pairs of shoes to see how they feel. Never be swayed by any price reductions, unless the shoe fits right.

Try a few on

Even if the first pair you try on might feel comfy, it’s worth trying a few on to get a feel for them. Have a walk around the shop in them, and if the shop has a treadmill, then test them out on that if you can. Always make sure they feel snug but not too tight. If you can feel a space the width of your thumb between the largest toe and the end of the shoe, then this is a good indication that the shoe fits well.

Always wear your usual running socks when trying on the shoes, so you can get the right fit. You might not know this, but feet tend to expand later in the afternoon, so this makes an ideal time to go and try the shoes on.

How often should you replace the shoes?

If you’ve found the perfect pair of running shoes that keep you supported and well cushioned then that’s great, but bear in mind they’ll need replacing over time. The cushioning will lose its effectiveness the more you wear the shoes, so consider replacing them between 300 to 500 miles of running.

So, whether you’re a marathon runner, do a weekend 5k run or like to do the odd fun run, it’s still vital no matter how far you go, to get the most appropriate pair of running shoes for you.

Guest post written by Amy Fowler for UK charity fun run, The Poppy Run. Read more about The Poppy Run here or read more from Amy here.

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