Tips for Buying Running Shoes

Tips for Buying Running Shoes

Here’s what you have to look for in the right pair of running shoes you are going to buy:

Heel

The shoes should fit snugly in your heels. To know that the shoes will fit snugly into your heels, wear it first without lacing up and see if you can slide your feet out. There might be some heel movement but it will not be a problem once you are going to run. You have to make sure that the shoes will feet comfortably in your heels because any uncomfortable feeling will be amplified once you start running with it.

Instep

The shoe should fit snugly and feel secure in your instep. You need figure out if the shoe you are testing feels tight. If the shoe feels tight for you, try using a different method of lacing it up to remove its tightness before you consider testing another shoe.

Width

A good running shoe will allow you to move your foot side-to-side without having to cross over the edge of the inside sole of the shoe. Try another shoe, if the one you’re testing on makes you feel that your little toe is already sitting on the edge of the shoe or if you feel uncomfortable with your toes while wearing the shoe.

Length

You have to make sure that the shoe will have enough space at the end of the shoe to avoid feet swell. Foot swelling usually happens when you are wearing a very tight shoe especially if you went for a long run. A good running shoe will give you enough space to wiggle your toes up and down.

Flex

You should also test the flexibility of a running shoe. To do this, just hold the heel and press its tip into the floor. A good running shoe should bend easily and crease accordingly to your foot flexes. Running shoes that doesn’t have an aligned flex point may result to plantar fasciitis or arch pain. Also, a running shoe without enough flexibility can result to an Achilles-tendon or calf strain.

Feel

Last, but not the least, is to identify the feel of a running shoe. You need to figure out if the shoe is capable of matching with the contours and movements of your feet. To do this, you need to test it out by doing a quick jog. You will only know what you feel about the shoes once you try it out.