How to choose running shoes?
How to chose running shoes is an important lesson in my opinion I would like to say that I did follow this piece of advice when I started running – but sadly not. A few missing toe nails later after a half marathon, it was about time I did some proper research in to how to choose running shoes. It’s really important to get this piece of running kit exactly right because it determines your comfort whilst you’re running, the impact on your joints and the risk of injury.
Quality doesn’t have to be expensive
I want to also make it clear to you that when you choose running shoes good pair of running shoes doesn’t have to be expensive! Most stores and online sites have last season’s stock in their sale section which is only on sale because they’re trying to clear it out and there is absolutely nothing wrong with the quality of these shoes, so I’d recommend starting here.
What I would say, however, is not to just then get the cheapest shoe you can find because there is other criteria which you need to take into consideration in order to discover which running shoe is the best for you. What suits you may not necessarily be right for the next person. Your biomechanics, weight, shape of your feet and the surface you usually run on whether its road, grass, or multi-terrain – means that everyone and each circumstance is different.
Choose running shoes right for you
There are 3 different types of foot arch so it’s useful to know which one you have. You can do this easily at home by carrying out ‘the wet test’ and looking at your footprint.
The type of foot/arch that you have will then determine your gait / foot alignment and whether it’s overpronator, neutral or pronator. I hope that so far things are becoming a little bit clear in how to choose running shoes. So read on here’s more…
The Flat Foot (overpronator)
What’s shoe is good for you? You need to buy some running shoes which have high stability with firm midsoles and control features that reduce the degree of pronation. If you have flat feet don’t get shoes with lots of cushioning.
The Normal Foot (neutral pronation)
What’s shoe is good for you? These feet need moderate control and stability running shoes.
The High Arched Foot (underpronator)
What’s shoe is good for you? If you have an arched foot you should buy a cushioned or’neutral’ shoe that has lots of flexibility. The foot needs to be as flexible as possible in your shoes whilst you run.
Choosing running shoes make easy
The below diagram is a really simple way of bringing all this information together. I have read many articles on how to choose running shoes and I really find this diagram helps to sum up which actual shoe type you need. Most online stores will tell you the shoe type which can further assist you in getting the right shoe for you.