Buying new running shoes can be tricky. Ideally, you should go to a running store for a proper fitting. If that’s not possible, however, check out these tips for how to choose the best running shoes.
My husband has become a bit of a runner! Back when I was pregnant with our son, and then again with our daughter, my husband took up jogging, though it seems to have stuck a bit more this time. He has started doing 5K races for fun (ha!) and is now training for a 10K. He says he’s not likely to run any further than a 10K but I’m not sure if I believe him since he once said a 5K is his limit.
With all of the running he has been doing, I asked him for some tips on how to choose the best running shoes. He’s certainly going through enough pairs these days! He HIGHLY recommends going to your local running store to get your foot measured and so they can analyze your gait. This will ensure that you have the best possible shoe for your frame. From there, you can either purchase what they have in-store, or you can go home and find a pair for less. (I won’t judge you whatever you do decide!)
Choosing the Best Running Shoes
The type of running shoe you decide on depends on how you run, how much cushion you want, how many miles you run each week, and your price range.
How many miles do you plan on running each week?
How many miles you run each week plays a big part on which shoes to choose, and how long they last. If you run 100+ miles each week, spending $130 on a really great running shoe isn’t a bad idea. If you’re running 5 miles a week, you don’t have to look so hard for the perfect shoe.
How does your foot hit the ground when you run?
A specialist at a running store can help you figure out if you underpronate, overpronate, or have normal pronation. You can tell which one fits you by looking at your shoes.
If you underpronate, the edges of your soles will wear out first. It’s best to get extra cushioning if you underpronate. Mizuno makes great shoes for underpronators.
If you overpronate, the inside edges of your soles will wear out first. Stability shoes are best for those who overpronate. Brooks brand shoes are supposedly great for those who overpronate.
Bonus: On the Zappos website, you can search for Brooks shoes that are specifically made for Overpronation or Underpronation!
Normal pronators need neutral shoes, which means not a lot of cushion and not too stiff like stability shoes. Adidas makes the perfect shoe for normal pronators.
How much cushion do you need or want?
I like lots of gel and cushion in my running shoes. If you like a more cushioned shoe, it’s best to try them on in store (even if you don’t buy them there). You can’t tell how well-cushioned a shoe is by pictures online. If you can’t go to a running store, be sure to read reviews and look for those who specifically mention cushioning.
If you have a higher arch, you may want more cushioning. If you have flat arches, you might find less cushioning to be more comfortable.
What is your price range?
I am very familiar with being on a budget, but when it comes to running shoes you don’t want to skimp. Now that doesn’t mean you have to spend $500 on a pair of shoes, but it does mean you need to think twice before only spending $30. While it’s possible to get amazing deals on great running shoes, price isn’t the only thing to consider.
Your best bet is to go to a running store and get fitted, then go online to see if Amazon or another online retailer has a better price. Check the sale section, too. I know it can be tempting to buy the newest sneakers, but they rarely go on sale. Instead, look for last season’s shoes and you’re bound to find a good deal!
It’s a good idea to size up because your feet will swell while running. Well, that’s not 100 percent fact because I’m sure some people don’t have that problem. Most of us, however, need to size up at least ½ size if not a full size when purchasing running shoes. If you buy wool socks, they’re thick so that will contribute to the need of sizing up also.
Choosing the perfect pair of running shoes comes down to personal preference! You can use a running shoes wizard to help you. Some folks are brand loyal and that’s totally fine. Most brands carry a running shoe that will work for the general running population. If you find a pair of shoes that feel great and look great, try them out. Most stores have a return policy so if you absolutely hate them, you can exchange them for a new pair.
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