All set for a run? Yes you are. The essentials: vest, jogger pants and running shoes. But slow down there! Are you sure you have the perfect running shoes? Finding the best running shoes isn’t easy, especially if you know nothing about shoes, running shoes in specific. You’d probably go to a shoe store and purchase the most colorful or the trendiest sports shoe on the shelf. But these cool sneakers won’t take you far, choose the wrong shoe and you could end up in a hospital bed. So we have made a list of simple running shoes tips that ensure proper fit and foot support. Finish the cross line with comfort and ease because this list will come in handy. So off you go on a shoe shopping spree and make some heads turn. Oh sorry, make some legs turn.
7 tips to buy the perfect running shoes:
The basics first. Size! And size does matter. The bigger the better. The same goes for running shoes too. A lot of runners are stuck on the size they wear in sneakers, which is wrong. The size of your running shoes should be big enough to have plenty of wiggle room for your toes and accommodate swelling, which happens when you run. So leave your toe alone and give it some room to wiggle.
Flex it hard. A little flex before purchasing the shoes helps a lot! Check the flex point before you put on the shoe. You can do this by holding the heel and pressing the tip of the shoe into the floor. The shoe should bend and crease out along with the same line as your foot flexes. And you thought only high heels need flexing!
Run Before Buy
Test it before you buy it. It needs to be the same for shoes. Think of it as a test drive. Not every store has a treadmill, so a run for 30-60 seconds around the store should do the needful. Just for you to get the hang of the shoe. A shoe test drive anyone?
Know Your Terrain
Consider where you’ll be using these shoes the most: at the gym or the pavement. Remember, your shoes need to be comfortable wherever you go for a run.
Buy At Night
Your feet are the best at night. Make shoe purchases in the night, that’s when your feet are at their largest.
Not the shoe color, but the color of the shoe sole. Black soles are made of carbon rubber, the same stuff used in car tyres, so they are heavy and durable. White and colored soles are made from blown rubber, a lower-density, softer material that contains more air and weighs less. So how do you know which color to choose? That’s why you need to know your terrain. If it’s concrete, which causes more wear and tear on your shoes, go with black soles. And if you run on a treadmill or grass, colored soles will take you the distance. Color color which color do you want? Too bad there’s only black and white.
Yes, there are sports brands that feel like high fashion. But stay opened minded when it comes to running shoes. You may find other brands that are more affordable or may have a better collection, so don’t be afraid to experiment and try different shoes from different brands.
So the shoes are ready. All you need to do is put them on!
But where to? To the gym obviously.
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