How To Find The Best Running Shoes For Your Feet
Running can be a very beneficial and enjoyable exercise. However, it puts a lot of stress on the legs and the feet. The best way to avoid this is to have the proper gear. You need to know how to find the best running shoes for your feet.
- Pronation. You first need to determine what kind of pronation your foot does. Some runners have no pronation; others have issues with it. You can get a quick idea of your pronation by stepping on a sidewalk with wet feet. If you get a normal footprint, you probably don’t have to worry about pronation. Flat-footed runners tend to overpronate (the foot rolls inward) and runners with high arches tend to underpronate (the foot does not roll inward enough. This will determine what type of shoe you need; a stability shoe for a normal arch, a motion control shoe for flat feet, or running shoes with a soft midsole for a high arch. If you are already a runner, the best thing to do is to purchase your shoes from a running shoe store that has salesmen who can determine your pronation by looking at the soles of an old pair of your running shoes.
- Find a good running shoe store. A store that specializes in running gear can help you to find the best running shoes for your feet. Don’t be afraid to spend some money for good footwear. Cheap shoes may wear out quicker and may not provide the protection you need to stay free of injuries. If you run daily, buy two pairs at the same time. This is because after a run it may take your shoes up to 48 hours to dry out. Wet shoes wear out quicker, so you would save money in the long run.
- Get your shoe size. It’s easy to just say that you wear a certain size, but it pays to get measured. Sometimes things change or different shoes of the same size may not feel the same. Always get a foot measurement just in case. Shop early in the day. Your feet may be swollen late in the day.
- Put the shoes on. Before you make your purchase, put the shoes on and walk around in them. Run if the salesman will allow you to. Jump up and down and give them a good test drive to make sure they are comfortable. Wear the same kind of socks you will be wearing when you run.
- Break the new shoes in. After you find the best running shoes for your feet and make your purchase, break the shoes in. Walk in them for a few days before you run in them, or only go out in them for short runs. If you have to, run in your old shoes every other day for awhile. This will help to prevent the development of blisters.
Posted on: Nov. 06, 2010