What to look when buying running shoes?

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You can spend money on the best running shoes available or you can spend money on Doctors!

Either way it will cost you. So, spend your hard earned money on the best running shoes…

…it makes a lot more sense than your money being in your Doctor’s pocket!!!

How do you choose the best athletic shoes?

Shoes that you use for your fitness training are an important consideration. Especially if running is a major part of your workout.

Not using the right running shoes, can cause injuries…

…and off to the Doctor you go!

So, what would you rather do? Spend the money on the best running shoes or give your money to your Doc to fix your injuries?

It is important that you buy good quality running shoes. You need to be aware of what to look for.

Price should not be a consideration. The most expensive shoe does not always mean the best running shoe.

So what do you look for in the best running shoes?

The following buying guide will show you some important things to consider when buying the best running shoes for your training needs.

Application – What do you need the shoes for? Running shoes are each designed for a purpose. Pick a shoe that is specific to your fitness activity.

What to look when buying running shoes?

Don’t by a basketball shoe if you spend most of your workout time on a treadmill.

Soles – Test the shoes by squeezing the sole material. If the sole is too soft it will wear out quickly.

Soft soles do not give great support.

If the sole is too hard then you will just as well run in bare feet. Hard soles will not give adequate shock-absorption.

Ideally, when you squeeze the sole, the material should indent a little.

Sole Flexibility – The Best running shoes will bend under the ball of the foot. Don’t consider buying any shoe that bends elsewhere such as under the arch.

Arch Support – The supports should be fairly thick to support the instep of your foot.

You should not be able to feel the mid sole when pushing down the support with your thumb. If you do you have two choices:

1. Remove the support and insert your own.

2. Look for another shoe.

Heel Counter – This is the wrap around area at the back of the shoe. It is important that the heel counter supports your achilles tendon.

To test the counter, place your finger and thumb either side of the heel. Squeeze the area of the heel where it joins the sole.

If the heel distorts easily as a result of the pressure, the counter will not give adequate support.

Heel Thickness – Should be thick enough to provide good shock-absorption and to protect the calf muscle and achilles tendon from stress.

The heel thickness should be a minimum thickness of 1″.

A good rule of thumb is the sole should be between 50% to 75% the thickness of the heel.

Toe Box – Should be high and wide so as to not constrict the toes. There should be a little room left over to allow for the swelling of your feet.

Width – Quality manufacturers will provide shoes with different width sizes. Feet come in all sorts of widths and you should find the best running shoe that will fit you comfortably.

Material – This is a personal choice but leather uppers are the way to go.

In some cases, toes will quickly wear through material uppers. On the other hand, leather uppers can have a tendency to crack.

But in comparison, it takes longer for the leather to crack than it does for the material uppers to wear.

It’s your choice.

Try the shoes on both feet. Your feet are not the same size. Select the size for your best running shoes based on your largest foot.

At the end of the day select a pair of shoes you feel comfortable in. They should fit like a glove.

Speaking of end of the day, that is when you should try on your shoes for fitting.

Over the length of a day your feet will swell and will be at their maximum size.

And remember…

Wear the type of sock you workout in when you are fitting your best running shoes. Particularly if you wear two socks on each of your feet.