Are you ready to start a new healthy habit of running or a seasoned runner looking to replace an old pair of shoes? Either way, it is very important to buy right pair of shoes for you Ė not necessarily ones that are most technically advanced or on sale rack!
At least for me, it is so tempting to hit sale rack when I begin my search for new shoes. It kills me to spend anymore than I absolutely have to, but with running shoes, I have found, it is one thing to not spare any expense. Finding a great pair of running shoes is sure to save most people money with comfort and safety. Finding a pair for $49 does not do a lot of good if you hurt your knee next day!
There are so many brands and styles of shoes that itís hard to know where to start when you walk into a retailer. If youíre not sure where to start in process, note techniques listed below for finding perfect shoe for your needs.
Find Your Foot Type:
Figure out how you run (outside of your foot, outside to inside, or straight down middle). The easiest way to determine how you run is to look at an old pair of running shoes. If shoe is worn on outside of heel and rolls inward excessively, you have a pronated foot type Ė majority of population (60%) fits into this category. Youíre more likely to have this foot type if you are flat footed.
If you have high arches, your foot is rigid and doesnít pronate (roll inward) so there is not an effective shock absorber. Roughly 30% of population has high-arched or supinated foot types.
If you land on outside of your heel and roll inward slightly to absorb shock, you are of normal weight, you are considered most sound (biomechanically) runner. Only about 10% of population has neutral/ideal feet.
Tips for Your Trip to Shoe Store: