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How to Pick the Right Running Shoe

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How to pick the right running shoes

In today’s market with so many different models, types and brands, choosing a new pair of running shoes can be a difficult task. As it can be hard to know where to even start, here at Studio Podiatry we’re giving some helpful tips that can make the process a little less daunting.  

Consider your activity and the type of running you do 

Shoes are like cars, there are different makes and models for different purposes. Where you run and the distances you enjoy doing should have a huge impact on the type of shoe you purchase. Below are some examples: 

  1. Road running- cushioning and stability when hitting the road is important, as well as as a shoe that is relatively flexible and light 
  2. Trail running- it is essential to focus on a trail specific shoe with an appropriate amount of grip and stability to adapt to the uneven terrain 
  3. Gym training/ class work- these activities are suited towards shoes that are more minimalistic with a lower pitch and thinner sole, enabling better contact with the ground and improving balance 

Understand your own foot type, biomechanics and running style 

Generally speaking and for simplicity, the three basic terms used to describe most foot types are: 

  • Flat feet (overpronators)
  • High arched feet (supinators) 
  • Neutral feet

Depending on your foot type as well your biomechanics, you will be most suited to one of the two common styles of running shoes. These are known as:

  • Neutral shoes 
  • Stability shoes

It is imperative to remember when choosing running shoes that it is not as black and white regarding “rolling in” or “rolling out”.  Following these basic parameters can result in an incorrect choice and potential discomfort or injury further down the track. Within these categories of shoes there are a range of variations and levels of support, so footwear advice and prescription from one of our podiatrists will ensure you find the perfect running shoe for you. 

The basics of footwear features/ tips for fitting 

Basic features of good running shoes: 

  • A firm heel counter- the back area of the shoe should be firm enough that you can not press it inwards with the pressure of your thumb 
  • A firm midsole- a running shoe should not easily bend and twist through the midfoot. Instead, a running shoe should only easily bend at forefoot where your big toe would sit
  • Fastenings- laces are essential to ensure an appropriate fit and that your foot is working well with the shoe 

Tips when trying on running shoes: 

  • Ensure you are shopping at a location that places a strong emphasis on ensuring the correct fit- The Athlete’s Foot is fantastic at spending time to make sure you are 100% satisfied 
  • You shouldn’t have to “break in” shoes- when trying on a shoe, they should feel comfortable from the get go, never compromise on this and leave thinking “I’ll wear it in” 
  • Try not to purchase shoes based on colours, brands and prices- the most expensive shoe may not necessarily be the best for you 
  • When trying on shoes, if you have orthotics bring them with you. Also wear socks that you would normally wear when running 
  • Make sure you have enough room in both the length and width of the shoe- you should roughly have a thumbs width between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. A good tip is to try on running shoes towards the end of the day as your feet naturally swell, this will ensure your shoes accommodate for this

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