Running shoes are just as important as the clothes you wear when running. Running has become a popular sport for many people and it’s easy to see why. It improves your cardiovascular health and is a great way to lose weight. But not all running shoes are created alike. Nike, Brooks, Adidas, New Balance, and Asics all make quality running shoes for men and women of all shapes, sizes, speeds, and prices.
Choosing a pair of running shoe can be difficult. Here are a few tips to help guide you in the right direction:
- The purpose of running is to improve your cardiovascular health and running shoes should be made for running. Look for shoes made with a breathable mesh material and make sure the shoes have a flexible, supportive, cushioning sole that will not give you blisters from pounding the pavement!
- Shoes are made in different widths (from narrow to wide). Choose the size that best fits your foot and is most comfortable. The best way to prevent injury is to make sure the shoes fit well.
- A correct fit is important when running. Try the trainer on and walk around in it, twisting your foot side to side and front to back. Check for any irritation or pain points while wearing. A good fitting shoe will not cause any pain or rubbing while you are running!
- Think of where you are running, tracks, parks or road. There are shoes made specifically for track running, road running, trails and more. They are made with different soles to support you while running on each type of surface.
- The shoes should be as light as possible, but still provide appropriate support. Running shoes are typically between 7 – 12 ounces depending on the shoe brand you choose.
- Check the durability of the shoe (how many miles of running they can handle before needing new ones). Some shoes can last 5-10 miles!
- How much are you willing to spend? Depending on the type of running shoe you are looking for, prices vary. High end running shoes can range from $100 – $300. Some shoes are more expensive, but have better qualities than others.
So next time you are out shopping for a pair of running shoes, keep these tips in mind to help find the right ones for you and your budget!
Remember the most expensive shoe does not mean its the best fit for you.
Don't buy on price buy on comfort.
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