Running Shoes: How to Pick the Best Pair

Do you need some new running shoes? Whether you are a new runner or a longtime aficionado, you need to make sure that your footwear is not only comfortable, but also that the running shoes provide you with the proper amount of support so that you can continue this healthy activity for as long as you desire. You will need to look at the duration and location of your runs, your foot type and your gait (the way you walk or run), and also where you should buy your running shoes.

1. How far do you run? If you are just beginning you may not be running far yet, but how far do you plan on running in the next few months. Are you training for a half-marathon or marathon? This will influence the type of running shoes you buy. A basic pair is perfect for those who are running less than 10 miles total spread out over a few days in the week.

2. Where are you running? There are running shoes specifically designed for those runners who choose to run on mountain trails, grass, or other uneven or softer surfaces. Most running shoes are designed for running on pavement or sidewalks because this is where the vast majority of runners work out.

3. What type of foot and gait do you have? Generally the type of foot you have also determines your gait.

a) Flat footed people generally are overpronaters (their feet turn to the inside as they walk or run.) They should choose running shoes that offer more stability and motion control.

b) People with high arches usually supinate (turn them outward) their feet as they walk or run. These runners need running shoes that offer more support or cushioning.

c) Normal feet are the easiest to find shoes for. You can choose basically any type of shoe for running as long as they fit well and feel comfortable.

4. Where should you buy your shoes? It is generally a good idea to go to a specialty running store or at least a sporting goods store to buy your first pair of shoes. The sales people should be able to help you to determine your foot type and gait (if you haven’t already) and they will know which shoes are best for your type. Try on as many pair as you need to in order to get the perfect fit. You may want to buy a couple of pairs so that you can rotate them. If you run often you should change your shoes about every 6 months.