Tips For Buying The Correct Running Shoe
Shoes are the most important piece of equipment you will ever buy for running. If you buy the wrong type of shoes then it will almost certainly end in tears through injury.
Trainer technology is incredibly advanced and very confusing to the beginner. So how on earth do you go about choosing the right shoes?
The two most important things are:
- Know your own foot type.
- Buy your shoes from a specialist retailer who understands what your requirements are.
To find out your foot type do the “wet foot” test. Wet your feet then stand on the floor or a on a piece of paper. Then take a look at your print, it will almost certainly be one of three shapes as shown below:
1. A full print indicates that you have a flat or low arched foot and means that your foot strikes the ground on the outside of the heel and roll inwards excessively. This is Overpronation
Shoe Type: MotionControl
2. A curved print indicates a normal foot and means that you have a neutral gait. You land on the outside of the heel and the foot rolls inwards and is perfectly normal.
Shoe Type: Stability shoes
3. An extremely curved print means you have a high arched foot which causes the foot to remain rigid and not roll inwards (pronate) enough and therefore offers very little shock absorption. This is Underpronation
Shoe Type: Cushioned shoes and a shoes that promotes foot motion.
As well as the “wet Foot” test look at the wear pattern on the bottom of your shoes: wear towards the inner side of the shoe and the big toe area indicates that you are an overpronator. Wear on the outer side and the little toe area means you are an underpronator and wear in the middle means you have a neutral gait.
These are just guides togive you some indication of what shoe is best for you. The important thing isto take all this information to a specialist retailer and try on as many shoesas you can. Remember NEVER buy your first pair of shoes mail order and there is no best shoe or shoe company.
This is just as important as choosing the right type of shoe. If the fit is not correct then you will damage your fit through blisters and blackened toenails. Here are a few pointers worth taking note of:
- If you have an old pair of running shoes, take them with you to show the shop assistant.
- Always try shoes on at least one half size bigger than your normal size.
- Try shoes on wearing the type of socks your normally go running in.
- As you have taken our advice and gone to a specialist retailer, go for a jog in your shoes on the treadmill. Your foot should not slide around in the shoes your heel should not slip and your toes should not bang against the front of the shoe.
- There should be about one thumb – width of space between the top of your longest toe and the top of the shoe.
We have deliberately tried not to be too technical with this information but have attempted to give you enough knowledge to enable you to shop around with confidence. There is just one other area of technical information that we feel would be advantageous for you to have and that is the Anatomy Of a Running Shoe. This will explain some of the terminology that is used when talking about running shoes: