How to Select Running Shoes

How to Select Running Shoes
Getting a new pair of running shoes should be fun experience. If you do a little bit of homework beforehand and determine approximately what you'll need it will make the task less daunting and more enjoyable.You'll also leave your local running shop with the kicks that are perfect for you.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Before You Go to the Store

Things You’ll Need:
  • Comfortable clothes to wear while you go on little trial runs in your running socks
  • Comfortable clothes to wear while you go on little trial runs in
  • your running socks
Step 1
Determine your needs. Are these training shoes or racing flats that you are looking for? Are you planning on running high mileage or will your training be more for the 5k and 10k distances? Will you be running trails? These are all points to bring up with the sales assistant at your local run shop.
Step 2
Get an idea of your foot type. Try the "wet foot test" and determine if you have a neutral foot type or if you are an over or under-pronator. This will help the sales staff at your local running store determine what shoe type you should have.
Step 3
Dress in comfortable clothes that you can take "run tests" in. Be sure to either bring or wear socks that you plan to run in.

At the Running Store

Step 1
Let the staff know what foot type you believe that you have and have them double-check it for you. They may ask to watch you run or to look at your bare feet or your feet clad in your socks.
Step 2
Try on a variety of brands and styles to compare fit and feel. No one brand is better than all of the others, they just fit differently and cater to different foot types and shoe preferences. The best shoe is the one that feels the best to you.
Step 3
Take your shoes for a test run. Most running shoe shops will encourage you to run on the sidewalk and try out the shoes that you tried on. They want to make sure that you get the best shoes for you.

Tips & Warnings

 
If possible, get two pairs of the same shoe at the same time and switch off wearing them to allow them to dry between wearings. Break in your new shoes over the course of about three runs. Join a local run club and you could get discounts on shoes at local shops.
 
If possible, get two pairs of the same shoe at the same time and switch off wearing them to allow them to dry between wearings.
 
Break in your new shoes over the course of about three runs.
 
Join a local run club and you could get discounts on shoes at local shops.
 
Know the return policy of the store before you buy. Most quality running shoe stores have a liberal return policy for shoes that don't work out for you. Take your time in selecting the right shoe. Don't rush and pick a pair that doesn't suit you.
 
Know the return policy of the store before you buy. Most quality running shoe stores have a liberal return policy for shoes that don't work out for you.
 
Take your time in selecting the right shoe. Don't rush and pick a pair that doesn't suit you.

Article Written By Tanya Wyr

Tanya Wyr has 12 years experience as a professional writer and editor both in print and online. She has written for major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Macy’s and Mervyns. Wyr has also edited college-level textbooks. Wyr earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1991.

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