you’re just getting into running or if you’ve been hitting the trails
for years, the shoes you wear are important for making your run
worthwhile (and safe from injury). But it’s hard to pick out a pair when
there are so many styles out there. To help you out, here are some tips
on picking out the perf pair of running shoes.
The salesperson is your friend
Most employees at shoe stores are trained to help you find the shoes you
need, so when they ask if they can help you find anything, let them
know exactly what you’re looking for. Tell them if you are a novice, and
what you want your shoes to help you accomplish your goals. Do you want a
bouncy and cushiony shoe or one that’s firm and stable? The
salesperson can help you out with this and more when it comes to
deciding on your new kicks.
Find your foot type
It’s important to know your foot type when picking out shoes, because
different types require different shoe styles to maximize your running
potential. Figure out yours by doing a “wet test:” Wet the bottom of
your foot and make a footprint on a piece of paper or cardboard. If you
see most of your footprint, that means you have a flat foot, and that
you need a shoe with less cushioning and more mid-sole support. A
footprint that curves slightly inward is a normal footprint, and you can
wear most running shoes. You have high-arched feet if your footprint
curves in dramatically so that there isn’t much connecting the heel and
ball of your footprint. These feet require more cushioning to absorb
shock while running.
Comfort is key
Unsurprisingly, the best shoes for your body are often the most
comfortable ones, so shop based on how shoes feel, not how they look.
The expensive new pair with flashy colors may look super cool, but could
wreck your feet. Try on a bunch of pairs and walk or jog around the
store so you can really experience how they feel. You’re gonna be
running in these for a while, so they should fit how you want them to.
Don’t forget about durability
Remember how often and where you are going to use your shoes when you’re
buying a new pair. If you’re just using yours in gym class, then more
lightweight and flexible shoes might feel better on your feet. But if
you’re planning on using yours on outdoor trails and for other
activities like biking and hiking, take weather into account and choose a
thicker pair that can withstand things like rain and mud.
Running is a fab way to a healthy lifestyle, but you can’t get there
without the perfect kicks. Get to the mall or a sporting goods store to
find the best pair for you before you hit the ground running, speed
Find the ASICS GEL-Equation 5, featured above, at zappos.com
. For more shoe options, check out these kicks.
BY RACHEL NUGENT ON 10/12/2011 3:00:00 PM
POSTED IN health, fitness, athlete, sports, cute workout gear