If you want to maintain your physique and running style, you need footwear that can keep up. But how can you determine the perfect pair for you? Here are some tips that can help you make an informed decision:
Your fitness level
The first thing a sales rep will ask you when you are shopping for running shoes is whether you are training for something and how far do you run. Even if you don’t have an answer for those questions, you need to determine how you will use your new shoes in the future to make an informed decision.
For instance, if you are new to running or have run a marathon, you might want to go for shoes that can protect your feet. That’s because at this point you are still figuring out your form so minimizing risk of injury would be ideal at the moment.
If you run 10 or 20 miles per week then you are a low mileage runner whereas as a medium mileage runner, you can clock up to 40 miles. More than that and you are a high mileage runner. The point is that you need to pick running shoes that can give you the stability, protection, comfort and performance that can accommodate your needs.
How well it fits
Finding running shoes that you can be comfortable running is will be critical for your fitness regime. Besides the correct length, you also need to determine the volume of the shoe. How much room you need in the toe box will be up to you but make sure that the shoes fit at the heel and the midfoot. Contrary to popular belief, different brands of shoes fit differently because each makes pairs with specific molds.
Bottom line is you need to find shoes that can accommodate your feet. Visit a specialty store so that you can try a couple of different pairs before buying. Even if they slip one easily, that does not mean they are the perfect fit. See how they feel when they are laced up and how your foot moves around when you run in them.
Ignore what others are saying about so called ‘best’ shoes in the market. Visit a running shoe specialty store and try on a couple of styles yourself. You are the only one who knows which pairs feel comfortable and which will compromise your runs.
Allow your feet and brain to decide which models and types are best for you and you won’t suffer from buyer’s regret later. Before visiting a store, just examine the shape of your feet. Is the forefoot wide? Does the arch have a curve or is it flat? Choose a running shoe that fits comfortably on your feet according to the answers you find.
The bottom line is, in order to get running shoes that fit seamlessly and contribute rather than take away from your performance on the track, you need to know your feet intimately. That is the best way to avoid buyer’s regret and ensure your feet don’t protest later.