If you run on a frequent basis, be it as a serious runner or just for fun, a comfortable pair of shoes will make it easier for you. If you are wearing an appropriate pair of shoes, you will avoid pain and injuries that bad shoes can cause. We have some tips for you on how to pick a pair of good running shoes.
The first thing we notice when choosing a new pair of shoes is what they look like. Its best if you choose a pair that goes well with the running clothes you already have, so you probably know in advance what colours and style you want, and then you can look at a particular design as well.
When you have found a pair that looks the way you like, make sure to check them for comfort, since that is the most important thing about your running shoes. This means that the shoes should be the right size. To assure this, you should wear the socks you normally wear when you run; otherwise they could be a bit looser when you go out for jogging. You can bring in your old running shoes with you; it could help a salesperson when choosing the new pair. If you can’t, then remember that running shoes are one-half or one size larger than your street shoes. Also, before you buy them, always feel for padding and cushioning and try as many pairs as needed until you find the one that feels comfortable enough.
Another way to choose the right size is to have your feet measured, and then choose shoes that fit the larger foot. The size is good if your thumb fits between the end of your longest toe and the end of the shoe when you press it on the shoe. You should also be able to wiggle your toes with ease; otherwise the toe box is too small. Make sure your heel doesn’t slide up and down as you walk or run. And in the end, you can go for a test walk around the store. Once you get home, walk around in your new shoes to break them in faster and to prevent blisters.
The next thing to consider is the cost. It can vary a great deal depending on many different factors. But one thing is for sure, the more professional a shoe is, the bigger the price. If running is important to you, it’s better to give more for a good pair of shoes which can last longer than to buy a cheep pair. In the long run, it’s better to pay more, just pick the pair that feels the best. There are many good quality stores, most of which will allow you to exchange the shoe for up to a month.
And finally, picking the right pair of shoes takes time and patience, but it pays out when you go running in the comfortable pair of shoes which don’t cause you pain and injuries.