Every season, athletic brands release some of the cutest designs and colors in their collections! But how do you know which one is the perfect one for you? I’ve gathered 5 of the most common tips from runners on how they purchase their perfect running shoes! And no – it’s not just how pretty they look on display! (Although that doesn’t hurt, right?) =)
1. Shop At Specialty Stores
It’s helpful to shop at stores where the staff has actual knowledge of running. This way they can assist you in choosing the best shoe for your foot and running routine. Sometimes major department stores have great deals, but the shoe may end up hindering your running performance if it is not right for you. (Recommendations: Lady Foot Locker, FinishLine, Nike, Adidas, local running stores, etc.)
2. Don’t Forget About Length AND Width
In order to prevent leg, ankle, foot, and toenail injuries, make sure to get a shoe that is larger than your normal everyday shoe. If the sides of running shoes usually irritate your foot – take a look at a wider size. Think of this rule: it’s better to buy a larger size than a smaller size in running shoes.
3. Test Them Out
It may sound silly, but it’s quite necessary. You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it first, right? You shouldn’t buy shoes without testing them out, either! Ask the clerk if you can take a quick lap around the store. Otherwise, if you aren’t comfortable with this, ask what their return policy is. Most stores should be able to return within 30 days if you only try them on in your home.
4. Get Re-sized
You may have a pair of Nike running shoes that you wear now that are a size 8. But you can’t just grab a size 8 in Pumas. Different brands have different sizing. Even the same brands will have different sizing per model of shoe. It’s always best to get your foot re-sized each time you buy your new running shoes!
5. Don’t Believe The Gimmick
Sure, those extra shoe accessories might look cool in the design of the shoe, but if they weren’t recommended to you by a doctor, feel free to stick with the basic options. No need for the “extra air shocks” or “gel cushion sole,” a normal running shoe will do you just fine!
For extra help in finding a running shoe for YOU, take a look at Runner’s World: “Shoe Finder”
What brand and color are your current running shoes? =)
Stay healthy, my friends!