Tips for Choosing the Right Running Shoes

February 18, 2014

Have you run so much that you have just worn through your old running shoes? Whether you run in marathons, train for local 5Ks or just jog to stay in shape, no shoes are going to last forever. You do not want to keep running in the same pair for too long, or they could grow very uncomfortable, and they may even lead to injury. When you go to get a new pair, though, it can be hard to know what you should buy, especially if you loved the old shoes and you need to find something else that you like just as much. These tips can help you choose the right ones.

1. Check to see if the sizing charts are the same

Technically, shoes are all supposed to adhere to the same sizing guidelines, but this is hard to do in a practical sense. You may wear a size 10 in one brand and a 10.5 in another. Check this first so that you do not just buy the size you had before, assuming that they will fit, and not find out that they are too large or too small until you are on the road.

2. Check the listed weights

When you go running, lighter shoes are often better. They make you faster, which is great for competition. They also make it easier to run, which is just nice for your body. Heavy shoes can make running something that you dread, while light ones can make it a joy. Try to find the lightest ones that you can. This should not be the only thing that you look for, but, if all other things are equal between two options, the weight can be the deciding factor.

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3. Consider your surface

Where do you run the most? Do you go to the local gym and run on a track, or do you like to hit the trails near your house? Do you just run on the sidewalk? All of these surfaces need different levels of traction. You need heavier tread if you are going to run in the forest, for instance, than if you are on a padded track.

4. Do not forget about ankle support

In your quest for light shoes, you may choose the smallest ones that you can find, but it is important to remember that there has to be a balance with ankle support. Without it, you could easily roll your ankle with one wrong step. The best shoes are not going to make you feel stiff, like your movements are restricted, but they are going to give you that extra support when you need it. This is most important if you run on uneven surfaces, such as trails.

5. Try them on to check the arch support

Finally, a good pair of shoes need to give you arch support, as well. This is different for everyone, based on the way that your foot is formed. Some people need far more support than those with relatively flat feet. Know what your body needs and make sure that you get a shoe that matches for maximum comfort while running.

The Perfect Shoes

If you keep all of these tips in mind when you start your search, you will be able to find your favorite pair of running shoes yet. There are many different options on any budget. You put a lot of hours and miles on your running shoes, so it is worth finding the perfect pair.



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  • ourbigfatwallet February 18, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    I find I have to replace my running shoes every 6-8 months simple because they wear out quickly. I tend to stick to Asics as I like how they feel and can usually find a decent deal on eBay

  • Stefanie @ brokeandbeau February 19, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    I went to a store and had myself a gait analysis. They filmed my feet running on a treadmill then played it back in slow mo. You can’t ignore the pronation when you see it like that. Interesting stuff.

  • Brick By Brick Investing March 15, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    I recently learned that it’s worth it to pay a little bit more to get a good quality shoe.