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Choosing the Best Running Shoe for You


The importance of correct foot wear when running can not be underestimated. When choosing a shoe there are several factors which need to be taken into consideration to ensure the shoe is most appropriate for the individual. Because everyones feet move differently and are different shapes, the ideal shoe for one person may differ completely from the next. Also many shoes are built with different characteristics which make them ideal for certain activities or specific surfaces. The correct shoe for someone therefore needs to be selected to suit their feet and their specific needs.

It is also important to emphasise that proper fitting sport shoes can enhance performance and prevent injuries.

The following is a quick guide to assist in choosing the best running shoe for you:

  • If possible purchase athletic shoes from a speciality shop. The staff will provide valuable in put on the type of shoe needed for your sport as well as help with proper fitting.
  • Try on athletic shoes after a work out or at the end of the day - your feet will be at their largest.
  • Wear the same type of sock that you will wear for your sport.
  • When the shoe is on your foot you should be able to freely wiggle all of your toes.
  • The shoes should be comfortable as soon as you try them on. Any irritation you feel in the shop will be amplified once you exercise. 
  • Trying on a shoe is very different from running in it. Walk or run a few steps in the shoes - some shops will have a treadmill to test your shoes on.
  • When buying a new pair of running shoes bring your old ones with you, this can help staff determine what kind of running shoe you need by looking at what you have been wearing. 
  • Always re-lace the shoes you are trying on. You should begin at the furthest eyelets and apply even pressure as you create a criss-cross lacing pattern to the top of the shoe.
  • There should be a firm grip of the shoe on your heel - your heel should not lift out of the shoe as you walk or run.
  • If you participate in a sport more than 3 times a week you need a sport specific shoe.


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