How to pick your running shoes
With so many running shoes about its hard to know how to pick the. Heres a few tips on how to get the fitted.
- pick for comfort – This may seem obvious, but a lot of people get the definition of comfort wrong. Many clients come in claiming that their shoes are comfortable, but their feet hurt when wearing then. When picking a pair of shoes dont just go for the lightest, most cushioned shoes. Go on the amount of pain you get anywhere from your hips and lower back down to your toes.
- sizing – most people especially women are used to having small shoes and slip-ons. When having slip-ons you need to go a little smaller so you dont slip out of them. When fitting up runners you need to have at least a fingers width between the end of your longest toe and the end of the shoes. WHEN SHOES ARE ON, LACED UP AND YOU ARE STOOD UP.
- Pick based on your injury and flexibility – If you have calf /achilles pain, heel pain or reduced ankle motion, ideally you want a shoes with at least a 10mm + heel pitch.
- Different shoes for different foot types – when picking a runner, if you have high arched foot, chances are you want a neutral shoes., If your foot rolled in a little then a guidance shoes, if it rolled in a lot them a motion control shoe is needed. Your podiatrist can help you with this.
- Buy multiple pairs – Ideally if you are wearing runners every day, buy 2 pairs, and alternate your shoes. Eva foam takes around 24-48 hours to recover. This means it needs time to fully expand for the best cushioning and support.
- Change them regularly – For a highly cushioned shoe they last around 600-800km. a lighter weight shoe will taste 400-600km, and a racing shoe 300-400km.