Running shoes can make or break your stride, quite literally. The best running shoes for you will not only protect your feet from impact, thorns, nasty sharp objects, and the weather, but will also counteract any bio-mechanical problems that your feet may have. If you have been guilty in the past of selecting your running shoes for their appearance, price, brand, great advertising campaign, or color, then perhaps you should read these tips on how to choose the best running shoes.
Consider these important points when looking at that display overflowing with the latest technology in running shoes:
* later in the day is a better time for buying any shoes as your feet are bigger than first thing in the morning.
* take your usual running socks with you for the best fit.
* take your old running shoes with you so the sales person can see where your shoes wear out first, ensuring an appropriate selection this time.
* the most expensive running shoes are not necessarily the best for your feet.
* the running shoes should be comfortable straight away. You should not have to wear them in for them to be comfy.
* your shoes should be appropriate for your body weight, and the sort of running you do. A marathon runner will need different footwear to an indoor runner.
* you may need to go up a size from your normal shoe size.
* try on more than one style.
* try the shoes on both feet, no-one’s feet are identical.
* your toes need wriggle room, and your heel should feel snug without being able to slide.
* your running shoe should be able to bend and flex in the same places that your foot does.
* if you are undecided about sizing, always go with the larger.
The Bio-mechanics of your feet.
This sounds tricky but it isn’t. Don’t be intimidated by some shoe salesperson who speaks a lot of terminology. Basically there are 3 ways most people’s feet move, or roll, when they walk or run. To determine your own feet, you can stand on a flat surface and see how you stand naturally.
* Supination, this means your ankle tends to roll outwards. These types of runners have high arches. The most appropriate running shoes for this have extra cushioning to absorb the impact that the foot can’t.
* Over-pronation, this means that the foot tends to roll inwards on itself at the ankle. Runners who over-pronate tend to have flat feet, or low arches, and generally have very flexible, or unstable feet. The best running shoes to counteract this have a high level of support and motion control.
* Neutral feet are the easiest to fit for running shoes. Go with whatever technology suits you best.
The best running shoes are not necessarily the most expensive. Your foot shape, bio-mechanics, body weight, and running requirements are all factors which will determine the perfect runners for you.