How To Choose The Right Walking Or Running Shoes
Are you a runner or new to running and you want to buy a new pair of running shoes? Where do you start, things you need to consider?
Before doing this of course you need to consider your budget. How much are you willing to spend? Also do you want them with a certain type of running feature, gel, waterproof, etc. Whether you are that serious marathon runner or the newbie daily jogger, this brief guide will get you on your way.
Tips To Select The Right Shoes
Here are a few steps you need to go through to select the right runner shoes for you.
#1. Kind of Road
Ask yourself, are you going to be running or walking on a pavement/road or a trail.
#2. Select Shoes for your Feet
Do you have roll in ankles or roll out. If you have roll in ankles you need motion control and extra stability. If on the other hand your ankles roll out, choose shoes with extra cushioning and flexibility.
#3. Feet Arches
Do you have high or flat arches? This will effect what kind of shoes suit you specifically.
#4. Thumb Spacing
Remember when you are trying on the shoes the old one thumb between your toe and the end of the shoe. You need to buy shoes that allow you to fit that thumb in. It is as if you like a breathing space for your feet and toes!
#5. Frequency of Use
Calculate how much you will use the running or walking shoes. This will obviously weigh in on how much you spend on your new running shoes and the quality of shoes that you require.
Other General Things To Consider
In addition to the above, you will also need to give some thought to the new scientific area of biomechanics. That depends on: your foot’s natural inward roll (protenation), its exaggerated form of the foot’s natural inward roll (overprotenation) and outward rolling of the foot (supination). Whether you have one of these three situations will dictate whether you need a shoe which accentuates cushioning, motion control or stability.
#2. Color & Looks
General factors you need to consider when buying new running shoes is are they comfortable, do they look okay, sit well on your foot. You need to decide there and then if you want pink with fluorescent laces, silver moon shoes and just plain brown runners!
Also think about what sort of socks you will be wearing with the running or walking shoes. Will they be thick, thin or not at all in the case of some runners.
Remember too that the breathing of the shoe is also important in running or walking. Also the amount of bounce or air in the shoe. This can make a big difference when pelting along that asphalt! Read about benefits of walking.
#5. Easy to Clean
Also, you need them to be easy to clean. Will you be going through muddy terrains? Or will you be running or jogging on places where the ground is quite rugged? This means they will get scuffed if they are not quality, durable shoes.
When you are in the shoe store do not be afraid to try many pairs on. Your feet and shoes for them are often one of those overlooked areas of health. When you think of all that your feet do for you, you could at least treat them well with well-fitting, comfortable shoes at all times!
When it comes to running itself, try and run on hard grass, trails or non-concrete. Scientific studies have shown that running on pavements and concrete over the long-term is bad for your knee joints.
Last but not least get your favorite music tracks, those that inspire you, added to that iPod and get running!