Running shoes are an indispensable outfit of every runner. Due to different individual demands from wearers, each footwear brand needs to produce a variety of types, and each type has its own features that differ from the others. For example, training for strength is not the same as training for speed. Therefore, the shoes of the strength trainers are not similar to the shoes of the speed trainers. In other words, they are different types. Another example, few people have flat feet, which makes their considerations on choosing the best insoles for flat feet different from considerations of people having curved feet. As a result, it’s necessary to know which type of running shoes fit your demands and purposes.
However, the huge number of types in the market may cause confusing effect on buyers when buying new shoes. The main point is how good you know about the shoe technology and design. In this article, I want to share with you a brief review about the 3 main factors that you need to carefully consider when buying a new pair: neutral, stability, and motion control. Hope you can find your best running shoes after reading my guide.
Neutral running shoes usually have a flexible forefoot and a curved, soft mid-sole. This type is the most suitable choice for runners who tend to land on the outside of their feet. Note that, the soles of your shoe can help you to determine the location of your foot land, if their outside are worn out, then you tend to land on the outside of your feet. In addition, wearers having high feet arch are also the ideal object of neutral shoes because they assist your foot’s arch better than your knee and ankle. Just make sure the shoe’s arch has sufficient assistance to choose the best one.
Shoes designed for excellent stable characteristic help to stabilize wearer’s feet from directing outward when they run. They are designed with rigid but flexible arch to easily vary the degree of assistance. This makes the shoes assist your feet’s arch very well and also can balance your heel. Besides, if you tend to land outside your heels and a little bit direct your feet inward when you run, this kind of shoe is what I recommend.
Shoes in this category are designed to optimally minimize the level of pronation when running. For this reason, they tend to have flat sole rather than curve one. Another feature of this type is their wide base for the heel and solid for the heel counter. Wearers who have flat feet, unstable knees or low arch are recommended with this shoe.
I have some useful tips to help you choose good running shoes:
Carefully test the shoes right in the shop: This is a must-do thing. Don’t be shy to walk and even run some meters in the shop to test the shoes. Some large shops even have treadmills to serve their customers. I know many runners who purchase a certain shoe just because it was worn by a winner of a race. They forget that their demands may be different and their running technique may also be different, the good choice of others may not fit well with them.
Bring your old shoes to the shop: Just retain your old shoes and bring them to the shop where you want to buy the new ones. Staffs working in the shop may recognize your shoes, do some analysis about the wear pattern. Also, they may have some apparatus to analyze your feet such as measuring your foot arch and foot size. Other information like your goals, history of injuries and training type are also worthy to discuss with the staffs.
Fitting is always the most important factor: Of course! You cannot be comfortable with a shoe that too loose and too tight. Maybe the foot size that you already know does’t fit the size written on the shoes. This is common, and this is another reason why you need to bring your old shoes to the shop because they give your real foot size. Why I use the word “real”? It’s because you can compare your new chosen shoes with the old ones about the length, the width and you can approximately guess your foot size.
Running shoes are different from other types of shoes: Running shoes are designed for forward motive movements and their soles tend to have horizontal line patterns. For other types of shoes that are used in other sports (moving sideways, …), the shoes are designed in different ways, and they are called cross-training shoes. If you use your running shoes in these sports, unexpected injuries may occur.
Think about when you need to change your shoes: Just ask yourself “Do I really need a new pair?” before deciding to buy a new one. From my point of view, I just buy a new sports apparatus when the old one cannot be used anymore. If your pair is still in great shape, its sole and arch are still good, a new alternative is not necessary.
I am Michael Brandon and i love running. I help other people learn to love running. I run because of how it makes me feel: relaxed and happy.