You Did The Research When You Bought Your Car, How Much Time Did You Spend Picking Out Your Running Shoes?
When you’re making any kind of major purchase, like a car, a new home, or maybe, planning a vacation trip to somewhere with a white sandy beach, I bet you’re doing a lot of internet searching, right? Spending a lot of time making sure your covering all the bases, to make sure whatever your purchasing is going to be just right for you and yours?
So, are you going the same route when you go out and look for a new pair of running shoes?
Remember, those shoes are the only thing between your feet and the pavement, or trail, whichever your choice of running terrain is. A good, supportive, cushioned shoe can make all the difference in how your feet, and you, feel at the end of your run.
Remember, you’re going to be spending a long time in those shoes, so you want to make sure you’re getting what you’re paying for, and I mean the fit! A proper fitting shoe can help keep the normal injuries and foot problems like plantar fasciitis, shin splints at bay. But making sure that shoe your purchasing is the right one for you makes it a must, that you visit a reputable shoe store, preferably one that caters to runners, joggers, and even serious walkers. They should be adept at measuring your feet, which includes all the pressure points that can cause you problems after a couple of miles of running.
Most of these sales staff associates are experienced runners themselves. And they can provide you with help in making a correct selection. But their jobs usually don’t stop there. A good knowledgeable sport shoes sales rep. will take the time to explain to you, (especially if you’re a beginner runner) the different nuances that make up the foot itself. They will tell you that the shape of your foot has a lot to do with the kind of shoe you need to purchase.
The three main foot types are flat, neutral and high arches. Flat feet tend to have fallen arches, making them flexible and prone to overpronation, an inward rolling motion. Neutral feet are the most biomechanically sound variety, putting them somewhere in the middle. High-arched feet are essentially the polar opposite of flat feet. When the arches are particularly defined, the feet end up being rigid, leading to supination, or landing on the outside edges of the feet. This is where you’re going to see your shoes eventually wear out on the sides of the soles, either on the inside or outside. If this is the case, you might need an orthotic insert to help your foot to stay in position as you run or walk. These orthoses provide support for the foot by redistributing ground reaction forces as well as realigning foot joints while standing, walking or running. Most specialty running stores have the equipment in-house to take a readout of your foot alignment and can provide you with recommendation that you can take to a foot specialist or if your lucky, they can custom make the orthotic right there in the store and in this way you are guaranteed a good fit that will not only help you to run correctly but will provide you with the ability to run longer than if you were wearing a typical over the counter running shoe from a “Big-Box store”.
If your feet are good to go, the sales associate will still want to see how your “gait” is as you run, walk, or jog. Some of these specialty stores have an in-house treadmill. This allows them to see firsthand how your feet hit the ground and how your feet and legs handle the stride-impact.
Now that you know your size and foot characteristics, it’s time to try out a few pairs of shoes. Allow the associate to introduce several brands. Walk around in various styles. Maybe even run a lap or two in the parking lot as you narrow down your choices.
One of the beauties of running is its simplicity. You don’t need much more than a pair of shoes. However, those shoes are literally all that is between you and the road for many a mile. Don’t skimp on them. Remember, the time you spend finding the right style, fit, and feel for you will pay off in the long run.
But if you’re already a seasoned runner and you’ve gone the route already of knowing just what you need in a good pair of supportive running shoes. You may want to take a look at what some of the reliable internet shops have to offer. After all, you already know your foot size, shape, and type. So why not check out the internet to see who has the best deals and will work with you to make sure you’re getting the right shoe to fit your needs. One online store that I frequent is HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com . Besides having just about everything you might need to help keep you healthy and heart-wise, they also carry a line of running shoes that fits their high standards of quality and deliver the kind of results you’re looking for in a dependable shoe. The brand is called Altra, and the shoe that I like is the Altra Escalante Women’s Gray/Blue It fits like a glove, seriously, it does, and has support from the “toe-box” to the heel!
There you go, now you have a few things to wrap your head around when it comes to purchasing a new pair of running shoes. Again, this advice is for someone who has joined the ranks and file of people who have embraced running both as a sport, and also as a therapeutic way to help them relieve their everyday stress and just allow them to feel grounded in something they enjoy doing.
So, how old are your running shoes, anyway??