How To Buy Running Shoes
If you're new to the sport of running, it's a good idea to know how to buy running shoes. Running is a sport that requires few specialized equipment pieces. Sure, the newest gadget might be a nice addition to your gear, but good running shoes are essential. If your feet hurt, you're much less likely to stick to a new running program, and worn-out running shoes, or shoes not made for running, set you up for injuries.
- Visit a reputable running store if your area has one. The employees there have a passion for running and are ready and able to set you up with a pair of new running shoes best suited to your body size, running gait and needs for performance.
- Ask yourself a few questions. Are you planning on doing a lot of long-distance running? Consider the surface you'll be running on. Do you hope to burn the miles in your neighborhood city streets, or are you sticking to a treadmill? An experienced salesperson at a good running store will be able to set you up with the running shoes you need to best suit your particular needs.
- Try some new running shoes on for size. Use the type of socks you plan on wearing during runs; moisture wicking socks are great. Some running stores are even set up with treadmills so a staff member can evaluate your gait. Feet swell during running, so it might be a good idea to go up in shoe size. If you try on a running shoe and it doesn't feel so great now, don't think it's going to improve during a run! Try on something else.
Larger sporting good chain stores are another option for buying new running shoes, but be aware that the sales staff may not be as well informed as those at a store devoted to running.