Maximum running shoes feel comfortable while you’re standing in a shoe store, but the true test begins several miles into your run. You’ll soon recognize that the ideal shoe has extra to do with your running style and the shape of your foot than it does with the logo sewed on the side.
Picking the running shoes that will fit you great is easy:
# Determine the nature of running you do and your running style
# Select the category of shoe and characteristics that match your needs
# Try on good shoes to get the one that fits best
Running Shoe Categories:
Road-running shoes are designed for street and occasional raids onto packed surfaces with slight deviations. Light and flexible, they’re built to cushion or maintain feet during repeated strides on hard, also surfaces.
Trail-running shoes are produced for off-road routes with stones, mud, roots or other obstacles. They are enhanced with dynamic tread for solid traction and fortified to offer stability, comfort and underfoot protection.
Cross-training shoes are designed for the gym or Crossfit workouts or any balancing exercise where having more contact with the ground is favored over a thick platform sole. The workout footwear are nice for yoga too.
Insider Secrets to Ascertain the Right Running Shoes:
Assess Your Skills
How much you run and where you’re running are both key parts in finding the right shoe. Do you total five miles a week or are you pushing 50? The higher the distance, the more cushioning your shoe should have to protect against the repeated result. And if you’re a road warrior who loves to pound the road, you’ll need a completely different shoe than someone who’s continually exploring the trails instead.
When in Doubt, Size Up
If you’ve ever had a damaged toenail, you were probably running or wearing a shoe that’s extremely small for you, Woods says. Since your feet will move around in your sneakers, Wood suggests trying on kicks that are at least half a size larger than what you purchase for your street shoes. And while you’re trying them on, “take a stare at which toe is the closest to the tip of the shoe,” she says, “then make certain that you have at least a fingernail’s length distance from that toe to the end of the shoe.”
Figure Out Where Your Foot Stands
Or, more particularly, how it rolls during your foot strike. This plays into those vocabulary terms we threw at you at the beginning — pronation, supination and finally, the amount of comfort your feet need from a running shoe.
Comfort Is King
Most significant, though, is your own comfort, says White. The shoe shouldn’t pinch, wrinkle on your foot in an uncomfortable way, or cause aches and pains to your leg. It should go with you, not propel you around, White adds.