How to buy the right running shoes

Shopping has become so easy nowadays where you only have to open a website on your mobile phone and you can order almost everything you want. The same goes for running shoes where you can pick some nice looking shoes online that will fit well with your carefully build up clothing collection. But if you approach buying running shoes this way you are very likely to end up with the wrong shoes that might look nice, but will end up giving your running injuries. Here is a guide on how to buy the correct running shoes for you.

1 Go to a specialty store

Many shopping malls have a large collection of running shoes but for your first pair you are much better off at a specialty store with informed sales people. A good running store will have a range of brands in every price category and with the right questions they will quickly find out what kind of shoes you should be looking for.

2 Get your measurements taken

You probably think you already know your shoe size but there is a good chance you are currently wearing your shoes a bit too large or small. For walking short distances that might not be a problem, but when you start running and increase your distances over time a perfect fit becomes more and more important. Your feet will increase in size while running as more blood will flow to your feet, so having enough space for your toes is very important.

The shape of your feet also determines which shoes are best for you. If you have flat feet you will require different shoes then when you have high arches. Having the correct soles in your shoes will help prevent discomforts and injuries.

3 Get a run analysis done

Not all shops have the equipment for this but a run analysis can be very helpful to find the right shoes. A run analysis can be done on a treadmill that will show how your body weight is transferred through your feet and shoes to the surface, or it can include a video analysis where you run a short distance and information is deducted by playing the video in slow motion for analysis.

4 Supply information

The next step is to find out how you are planning on using the shoes. Do you run mostly on hard surfaces outdoors or on softer surfaces indoors? Are you planning to jog slowly or will you do short sprints? By asking a lot of questions the sales person should be able to find out which types of shoes would be best suited for you.

5 Make a test run

By now you should have several pairs of shoes in front of you to test out. Try them all on and do a short run in the shop. Pay extra attention on the fit to make sure they are not pressing against your feet at any point.

6 Purchase your favorite shoes

Based on you test run and the different prices of the different shoes you should be able to pick the pair that best fits you and your budget. You might have noticed that we never mentioned color or style yet, so this might be the point where you ask for different colors of your favorite pair of running shoes.

7 Keep a close eye on your shoes and feet during the first weeks

After having purchased your new running shoes you probably go out to run. Keep paying attention to how your shoes feel and how your feet handle the shoes. If you get blisters or other injuries you should take action by analyzing what causes them and maybe even go back to the store to ask for further advice.


Originally published at thailandfit.com.

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