Tips When Buying Running Shoes

Johnnie WaltersSeptember 11, 2011

The perfect running shoes can make the difference with your running experience, whether running in comfort or pain. There are shoes for every sport and countless name brands, but only a few of the major companies offer shoes that will keep you injury-free. So how do you know which running shoes are right for you?

Here’s a few tips to live by while out on the prowl for the perfect fit.

1. For starters, you need to determine your foot type before you leave the house. Normal or neutral foot types should choose a semi-curved shape. Overpronators should choose straight shapes while underpronators should choose a curved shape. Flat feet need motion control running shoes.

2. Next, make sure you wear comfortable clothes because you’ll need to run in place to test out the shoes. You won’t be able to determine the fit, function and comfort by only trying on or walking a few steps. If you develop blisters or foot pain than those shoes aren’t right for you.

3. Make sure your shoes are big enough because your feet will swell when you run. Press your thumb into the shoe just above your longest toe. If your toes are crammed in the front of the shoe, you could develop bruised toenails.

3. The heel of your foot should fit against the back of the shoe without sliding up or down while you run.

4. The top part of your shoe that wraps over the top of the foot should fit securely without irritating or pressing too tightly on any area of the foot.

5. Make sure your shoes are comfortable to prevent lower leg injury while running on hard surfaces such as concrete and streets.

6. Never pick running shoes based on colors, style or brand. Just because you like the look of the shoe does not mean they’ll be the best running shoes for you. You should replace running shoes every 300 to 400 miles.

 

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