Tips for picking the right running shoe

Whether you are an experienced runner or just starting out, it's important to have the right running shoe. Here are some things to consider when choosing the best running shoe for you.

Tips for picking the right running shoe

Foot size and shape

Choosing the right style of shoe for your foot is important. Men and women have different needs for their running shoes, just as people with flat feet need a different shoe than those with high arches.

Having your foot examined and a shoe fit by a professional is your best bet, but if you already know the characteristics of your feet, there are some things to remember.

  • Choose a shoe that fits your width. It's important to make sure you get a wide, or even extra wide width if your foot dictates it. If a wide width isn't available, a larger size will sometimes work as a substitute. However, you may not get the best fit and blisters may develop if the shoe rubs your foot as you run.
  • If you have flat feet, you will need a high stability shoe, as your foot may be prone to over-pronation. This means your foot can roll while running, and if your shoe is not stable enough, this can cause injury.
  • Make sure the heel of your shoe is snug and fits securely. If it shifts as you run, there is a chance you may get blisters.

Type of shoes that are right for you

  • There are different types of shoes available for different terrains, so look for a shoe that will fit your style. If you run on trails or non-paved roads, trail running shoes may be best. If you plan to do other types of exercise while also running in your shoes, you may prefer a cross-trainer shoe.
  • Researching the types of shoes available can give you an idea of what you will need to choose for your own particular running situation. Make sure you try on any shoe you're planning to wear, even if you want to buy them online. It's important for comfort and safety reasons.
  • And remember, shoes don't last forever, so you will need a replacement pair after every 100 miles.
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