Featured__ #NationalRunningDay: How To Find the Perfect Pair of Running Shoes
In honor of #NationalRunningDay we figured it would be a good time to discuss finding the perfect pair of running shoes. We know (from personal experience) buying the perfect pair of running shoes is no easy feat. You might initially be focused on which colorway you like the best or which ones look the coolest (we all do it), but it's important to stay focused on what really matters--the support and dependability your running shoe provides and preventing injury. Boring, but true.
So before you walk, ahem run, out the door with a new pair of running kicks, make sure you read this.
When trying on your new running shoes make sure to spread out your toes and move your foot around--they'll both need some extra room. Your feet should be able to move comfortably from side-to-side in the shoe and toes shouldn’t be pushed together. Having too narrow of a shoe can cause uncomfortable rubbing leading to blisters and soreness. So if you can’t move your feet or toes, the shoe is not your perfect fit.
Keep in mind that during a run your feet tend to swell from heat and constant impact. Because of this, you’ll want a thumbs width of room between the front of the shoe and your longest toe--even moving up half a size will benefit your feet. If you can’t move your feet freely you block air from flowing through your shoe causing more unnecessary swelling.
Lacing up in-store is important when buying your perfect pair of running shoes. If the upper part of the shoe is too tight and puts pressure on the dorsal (aka the top of your foot), more room is needed. So pick a shoe that gives breathing space of about three centimeters and isn’t confining.
Finding a shoe for a long-distance run (or those short ones too) means finding a shoe that bends with you. Try bending your foot in different angles, such as flexing and pointing. The shoe should bend where your foot and toes bend. A shoe that doesn’t move with you can lead to arch pain and plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the tissue band in the lower foot. And no one wants plantar fasciitis.
Standing in place and casually walking around the store won’t help you get a proper feel for the shoe. Ask the store clerk if you can take it for a quick jog through the hallways or use the store treadmill. Put your shoe to a test run (literally).
And after all of this, if the shoe fits so to speak, buy it.