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7 Tips to Choose the Right Running Shoes

7 Tips to Choose the Right Running Shoes

When you’re choosing running shoes, one look at the shoe wall in any sporting goods store is enough to make your head spin. The variety of running shoe brands, styles, colors, and options is seemingly infinite. So how do you pick a good pair of running shoes? For a new runner or a veteran runner considering a new type of shoe, having a guide to find the right running shoe would be helpful.

We’re glad you asked!

Of course, the easiest way to pick the best pair of running shoes for you is to head to your local running store and let their professionals guide you through the fitting process. Local running store employees have the experience, running knowledge, and training to make sure you get the perfect pair.

If you don’t have a running store nearby, you might need to buy running shoes online or at a big box retailer. If you need help picking a new pair of running shoes, here are some factors to consider:

  1. Running History: How long have you been running? Are your joints and muscles acclimated to the impact, or are you a new runner? New runners may find they need a little more cushioning as they build up mileage.
  2. Running Location: Are you running predominantly on the roads, trails, or track? Different shoes are made for each purpose.
  3. Body Type: Running exerts an impact of 3-5 times your body weight on your bones and muscles each time you hit the ground. Therefore, larger runners may feel more comfortable in a shoe with more cushioning to protect the body from impact, while smaller runners may not require as much support.
  4. Mileage: How much do you run each week? Again, the impact to your body should be considered when picking a running shoe with the right cushion level. Higher mileage runners may prefer to do their long runs in more cushioned shoes, while using lighter flats for speed workouts or shorter efforts.
  5. Arch Type: Do you have low, medium, or high arches? To find out, place a brown paper bag on the floor, wet your foot, and place it on the bag. The size of the curve on the inside of your foot will give you an idea of your arch height, with low arches having little to no curve. People with low arches have more flexibility in their feet than those with high arches and therefore choose a stable running shoe, while those with high arches will likely prefer a more neutral, flexible shoe.
  6. Foot Width: Avoid the dreaded blisters by making sure to buy shoes that are wide enough for your feet! Your feet swell when you run long distances, so purchase your shoes an extra half or full size larger than you normally wear to account for this. Go for a toebox that feels nice and roomy – this will help avoid the dreaded toenail loss!
  7. Pronation: Does your foot roll to the inside, outside, or stay straight while you run? Overpronation (the foot rolling in at the ankles) is extremely common among runners and often indicates a need for a more supportive shoe. Runners with a neutral stride or who underpronate (feet roll to the outside) may prefer a more neutral shoe with less motion control.

A good tip is to buy from a retailer with a liberal return policy that will let you test the shoe out and return it if you don’t like it, even if you have already run in it.

PRO TIP: A good run isn’t just about the shoes – a pair of high-performance running socks is also critical.

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Jinnie Austin

  • Michaela Hemsley

    It makes sense that you should take into account how much you run each week when choosing the right running shoes. My husband wants to start running soon because he thinks it would be a great way to stay in shape and make sure that his heart can be healthier. I will have to tell him to think about how much he plans to run and maybe to go to a store and look at his options so he can make sure to choose the right ones.

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