Back to Fitness: How to Pick a Running Shoe

Congrats on achieving your goal. You have now successfully run 3.5 kms. It’s a great feeling isn’t it.

It’s now time to head to the nearest shoe store and get yourself a new running shoe. You deserve it! Here are a few tips to consider before you make the buying decision. There are many types of running shoes and several popular brands. Follow these steps to make the process of picking the right shoe simple and effective:

Step 1

If you run mostly on paved surfaces like the road or sidewalk,  choose the most common type of running shoe. If you like to run on dirt paths or hiking trails, you may want to choose a trail running shoe.

Step 2

Find your shoe size. Check it more than once. You probably already know your size for casual or dress shoes, but running shoes can be sized slightly differently. Some running shoes have particularly roomy toe boxes, sometimes with more room than necessary. You may need to go a size smaller or larger. You also want to consider whether you have a very narrow or wide foot. Try as many as you want. It is important to feel comfortable during the run.

Step 3

Feet come in three basic shapes: normal, flat and high-arched. A normal foot lands on the outside and rolls slightly inward to absorb shock. If you have normal feet, you do not require a shoe that offers motion control. A flat foot has minimal arch, and usually rolls (pronates) excessively, which can lead to overuse injuries. Flat-footed runners need shoes with motion control. A high-arched foot is just as it sounds and requires more shock absorption and plenty of flexibility.

Step 4

Some of specialized sports shoe stores have the facility of trying out the shoes in a tread mill. I recommend you do that. Pick three or four pairs based on the above. Try running at a comfortable pace and at an increased pace. Don’t try without socks. It’s a good idea to take a pair with you. If this facility is not available, wear them and walk around and chose the one that is most comfortable. Ask for advice. Most sales persons are trained to recommend the right pair.

You are now ready to start on your running schedules. Remember all that we have discussed and enjoy the marathon season ahead.

Greetings of the Season, Merry Christmas and a fit and healthy New year.

About the author:

Naresh is a fitness enthusiast who enjoys running, rowing and a multitude of outdoor sports. He also works in the healthcare industry and, at close to sixty years, is trying to create awareness of the concept of health through fitness.

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