If you run on a regular basis, it really is worth investing in a good pair of running shoes. Here are some tips to help you to buy the right pair for you and do it first time. Good running shoes are not cheap, so it is not something you want to get wrong.
Start with your running style
The type of runner you are has a big impact on what kind of shoe you need. If the inside of your foot hits the ground first, that is where you need the most support. On the other hand if your forefoot takes the brunt of the impact that is where you need the most support.
Several factors feed into how you run. This includes your weight, the type of running you do, pre-existing health conditions and several other factors.
The best approach to understanding your running style is to visit a foot clinic and get your foot properly assessed. A good clinic will tell you more about your foot type and give you individualised advice that will help you to buy a pair of running or jogging shoes that will be good for your foot health.
You need to look for a shoe that offers you the proper type of support. It is particularly important to buy a pair that offers good arch support. Again, a podiatrist can give you the information you need to help you to determine the type of arch support you need.
Shop for your shoes late in the day
Over the course of the day, your foot swells. Given the fact that tight shoes cause the most damage it makes sense to shop for your shoes late in the day rather than first thing in the morning. This is a good rule of thumb for all kinds of shoes.
Take your old shoes with you
If you already own a comfortable pair of running trainers, take them with you. Doing so will help the shop assistant to quickly down the options and show you stock that is most likely to be suitable.
It is also important to wear the kind of socks you normally wear when you go running. This is the best way to ensure a good fit.
It is not all about looks
Most of us like to look good when we are exercising. This is understandable, but you should never buy a pair of exercise trainers just because they look good.
The long-term health of your feet is just not worth risking. Bear in mind that it is impossible to take enough exercise if your feet hurt, which means that wearing bad trainers can also have a negative impact on your overall health.
Take your time
Never go shopping for running shoes when you are short of time. You need to try on several pairs and walk around to test them out. Make sure that you put both shoes on and fasten them properly. It is the only way to be sure that the fit is right for you.
Follow these tips and you will easily find the right running shoes for you without breaking the bank.