Running is one of the best ways of building up your endurance and stamina. To support this intensive workout, we have to do some basic groundwork before finalizing the right fit for our foot. One needs to find out the arch and gait types, right fit, comfort, running environment and the quality before buying the perfect shoes.
Running is one of the best ways of building up your endurance and stamina. To support this intensive workout, we have to do some basic groundwork before finalizing the right pair of shoes. It’s important that you choose your running shoe according to the size and shape of your foot and not just rely on the looks. We bring five points to guide you before buying the perfect shoes for running and as we say this, mind it that there is no best running shoe but only the best running shoe for you.
1) Find out your arch type
There are three kinds of foot arches as seen in the picture. To find out yours, wet your foot, place a towel or a paper on the floor and then place your wet foot on it. The footprint will reveal the arch type. People with flat arches require a shoe with more support and stability whereas those with high arch may require a curved shoe.
2) Find out your gait type
As seen from the pic, there are three kinds of gait which people have, based on the alignment of the heel with the ground. Neutral and Supination need stability shoes, pronated ones need motion-control shoes.
3) The Right Fit
While trying a new shoe check if your heels fit snuggly into the shoe. It shouldn’t be too tight. Lace up your shoe, not tightly though and check if you can slide your feet out of the shoe. If yes, it’s perfect. Also while trying a new pair, ensure that the shoe is not hurting you from any angle because when going out for run, the shoe may hurt you even more. Also while running long distances your feet usually swell which is why you need to ensure that’s there some good space between the longest toe of your foot and the end of the shoe.
4) Check the environment of run
The external environment plays a crucial role in deciding the kind of shoes you shall be buying. If the run is mostly indoors, say on a treadmill or at the most on flat concrete pavement, then the shoes will be light and flexible. However, if you intend to run on rocky and mountainous terrains then the soles of the shoes must be thick rubber with high durability.
5) Invest In Quality
Never compromise the quality of the shoes with its cost. Running shoes, of the right quality from a dedicated shoes store may cost you more than normal shoes. But, this will be totally worth it as the shoes would be able to endure extreme conditions as well as long runs without wearing out, making it a good long term investment.