Running Shoes: An Integral Part of an Athlete

Shoes have unknowingly become an integral part of our fashion statement and attire. Have you ever seen someone playing a sport or jogging early in the morning with his/her formal leather shoes on? Or have u seen someone dressed in a Formal Suit and wearing a pair of sneakers? Well the answer is obviously a big no no. Shoe makers have developed a long way since their origin. Now they provide customers with a range of footwear for varied purposes. Be it, a formal ceremony, sports, jogging, riding etc. Now we even find shoes for each and every sport being played. The major players being Nike, Reebok, Adidas, Puma and Fila.

Running shoes are commonly known as sneakers, jogging shoes, or athletic shoes. These are known for protecting the sole and also lessen the impact on the knee. Now with the expansion of footwear industry, the running shoes are now more based on the design of the bottom of the shoe than the aesthetics of the top of the shoe. Design on the sole is unique for every purpose. I.e. for either dancing, jumping or running.

I am sure you are planning to go to the nearest outlet and get a pair for yourself right away. But, hold on, the biggest challenge is to find the shoe that best fits your feet and suits your purpose and the track you run on. Choosing the right running shoe is definitely an important decision since every step you take lands with a blow to your feet, and your running shoes should be able to absorb the impact made and prevent any injuries. Let us see few important things to be considered to find the best running shoes for your feet.

1. The type of your feet:

This can be checked out by having a look at your footprint on any soft surface/sand. People with flat feet need to find a straight lasted shoe. If the arches are medium height you will need a semi-curved shoe. High arched people need a curved shoe.

2. Stand up when your shoe size is measured:

This is because when you are standing, because of the load of your body applied downwards your foot will flatten out little bit and become slightly bigger.

3. Walk around for 5 to 10 minutes during trial rounds in the footwear shop:

This is very important which most of us neglect or avoid doing. People buy straight away since it fits their feet. But it is very important to check whether the curves rub your toes and cause any pain etc.

4. Examine the worn out part on the sole of your old shoes:

This helps to know which part of your feet is taking impact. With respect to the portion of the sole being worn out, pick a shoe where the sole design takes maximum impact and offers extra cushioning to protect your feet.

Having said all this, it is also important to know the proper way of running, landing pattern of your foot. So what are you waiting for? Go grab a pair of running shoes from your nearest footwear outlet.