How To Choose Running Shoes That Are Right For You
They'll probably be ugly, but they can at least be comfy. Unbound's guide to how to choose running shoes that are right for you
Fairly soon after taking up running, you'll realise that your Converse All-Stars aren't going to cut it as pavement-pounding footwear, and you'll find yourself in a 'proper' sports shop, gazing blankly at row upon row of what look like dismembered robot feet.
Don't be overwhelmed – your perfect, foot-hugging pair are up on those shelves somewhere. Arm yourself with a little knowledge beforehand and you'll soon know how to choose running shoes that work for you in no time.
- It helps to know how your foot strikes the ground when you are running - if you are an overpronater or underpronater - this will tell you how much support your shoe will need to give you
- The insert that comes with the shoe should be sufficient - you don't need to buy extra inserts
- Always get your feet measured before buying shoes even if you are sure of your size otherwise you might end up getting blisters if shoes are too tight
- New runners need more cushioning because they tend to strike the ground harder when they run
First up, the shiny happy people at POPSUGAR have some handy, brand-specific advice.
How to Find the Right Pair of Running Shoe by POPSUGAR
Next, here's tank-topped running expert Dr Gray with his two pence-worth for helping you choose the right running shoes.
How to Buy Running Shoes for New Runners by Helux
And if you want to go even deeper down the rabbit hole, here's UK sports podiatrist Ian Sadler from The Sports Injury Clinic to drop some serious medical-knowledge bombs.