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  • What Should You Consider When Buying Running Shoes?

    23 June 2013

    While it may seem simple at first, there are many things to consider when picking out a new pair of running shoes. Before you rush into your purchase, please consider the following variables in your running experience!

    Road vs. Trail Running

    You may want to buy different types of running shoes based on what type of running you will primarily do. There are two primary distinctions in running shoes: road running shoes and trail running shoes. Road running shoes are lighter and more flexible since there is less need to account to irregularities in your run on a normal road; trail running shoes, on the other hand, are built slightly heavier and with extra protection for the ankle, soles, and arches, in order to account for any changes in trail during your run, such as small holes or rocks. Before you buy your running shoes, think about what type of road you will be running and what type of shoes would facilitate this type of road the best!

    Arch Shape

    Many people hardly ever consider the shape of their foot arches when considering their shoe purchases; this is even more important with running shoes, since more performance from the arches is needed to run at a fast and repeated rate. Your arches heavily determine the way your foot moves as you run, so it is important to know if you have high arches (which leave a narrow, curved footprint), a normal arch (which would leave a normal footprint), or if you are flat footed (which leaves footsteps than are wider and straighter than the actual foot, because more of the foot comes down onto the ground). Knowing what type of arch you have will help you determine exactly how much support you need during your running experience.

    Support in Shoes

    Running shoes differ in the amount of cushion they provide to the foot, so it is crucial to understand what type of support the running shoes you are considering buying have so that you can facilitate the needs of your feet as much as possible. Some running shoes are cushioning shoes, which means that they provide extra shock absorption for the foot when coming down from a step; in addition, they provide some side arch support.

    Stability shoes are running shoes that are designed to combat overpronation; pronation, or the foot's natural inward roll as a step is taken, can become troublesome to a runner if the roll goes too far. These shoes help runners with this problem pronate more mildly. Finally, motion control shoes are for individuals that want the maximum amount of stability and stiffness in their running experience. Motion control shoes have stiffer heels and arch supports to stop the foot from rolling or moving inside the shoe, limiting overpronation and other abnormal foot movement that may be detrimental to the runner.

    Now that you have learned a little more about the way your feet operate and the variety of options in running shoes, you're ready to go out and buy the perfect running shoes for your feet and your run!

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