One of the greatest aspects of the sport of running is the simplicity of the gear requirements! A good pair of properly fitting running shoes really is an investment, you will feel more comfortable, avoid nagging injuries, and enjoy your running experience.
Running in old, or improper footwear is one of the leading causes of injuries, and pain in runners. As your shoes “age” they lose cushioning, shock absorption and stability. By not replacing your shoes in time you increase the stress and impact on your feet, knees, and low back.
Tips for Buying shoes:
- Replace your shoes every 600 – 800 km! don’t put it off! It is your only piece of equipment…don’t make excuses!
- If you’re already a runner, bring your current running shoes with you to the store. The salesperson can look at the wear on the bottom of your running shoes to get some more insight into your running style.
- If you use orthotics or custom-fit insoles, bring them with you to try on your running shoes. You need running shoes that are roomy enough to accommodate your insoles.
- Don’t pick running shoes based on the colors or style. Just because they look good doesn’t mean they’ll be the best running shoe for you.
- When you find a pair of shoes that work well for your feet and your running style, look for sales or deals, buy a few pairs and save some money. This way you don’t wait longer than you should to replace them.
- At the halfway point in your shoes lifespan, you may want to introduce your next pair, and rotate them into your running schedule. You will avoid “breaking in” or adjusting to the new pair and your shoes will last longer when you allow them to decompress and dry out between runs.
- Tell the salesperson what type of surface you will be running on, Trail running and street running shoes can differ vastly from one another.