Ok so you've made the big decision, you need new running shoes, but there are so many to choose from, so many blogs, so many opinions, how do you make the right choice?
Your journey should start with advice from trained professionals who know their product. You can feel sure when you visit our team that you're going to get the right advice to help you achieve your running goals. Over the past 17 years, I've learned that there is no such thing as one brand for everyone, just because your neighbour says her "Brand X" is the best running shoe, doesn't make it the right fit for you.
So let's get you armed with some advice to make your next shoe purchase a good one.
Like many must have products, technology for running shoes is evolving at a rapid pace. It's not your job to know everything about the different models – leave that to us. But there are a few things that can help you:
There are three main categories of running shoes you might have heard of:
- Supportive – these running shoes are going to provide the foot with the most control and are generally suited to an overpronator
- Cushioned – this style of running shoe generally has no motion control. It is suited to a neutral runner or a supernator.
- Structured Cushioning – a good blend of supportive and cushioning is found in these shoes. They are suited to a mild pronator.
Asics Australia has some great information about pronation here https://www.asics.com/au/en-au/pronation-guide
Different brands have different names for cushioning in their shoes - Asics use Gel, Brooks use DNA Loft and DNA AMP, New Balance use Fresh Foam (can you put links to their websites/definitions?)
Width is important; there are various widths suitable for different feet.
Men's widths are D, 2E and 4E while women generally have standard B and wider D widths. Getting the right width is very important. Too many times, runners will get a narrow shoe that is too long to fit the width of their foot; finding the right width will give you a more comfortable and supportive fit.
There are some other practical but essential tips to remember
- Talk to the Team Member about what your running goals are. Do you want to run around the block a couple of times a week, run a 10km fun run or race a marathon? All great goals but with different shoe considerations.
- Bring your socks you run in or ask for a running sock recommendation, one of our favourites is SofSole Running Socks (link? To where they are for sale at your shop)
- Don't forget your orthotics (if you have any) and any recommendations from your podiatrist or physio, the information they provide is a great starting point for the Team Member assisting you.
- You may not want to hear this, but while looks are important, pretty shoes are not always the best option to make your run enjoyable and injury free. Don't just choose a shoe based on colour.
- Make sure the fit is right and talk to the Team Member, giving them feedback about what you're feeling.
- Go shopping for shoes later in the day. Your feet swell during the day, just like they would when you run. You're going to get a better idea of how you'll feel at the end of a run if you try your shoes in the afternoon than you will you if you come in as we open in the morning.
- Don't just go on price. While the saying 'you get what you pay for' is very true you don't always have to buy the most expensive shoe on the wall – it might not be the right one for your running style. At Sportspower Bundaberg you can be guaranteed that we try to sell you the right product for you not the most expensive.
- Your running shoes should feel snug around the heel and forefoot with some wiggle room at the toe. Our team member will check for length, width at the forefoot, fit of the heel and that the upper and laces are fitting correctly. They will also watch you run and ensure that your foot is supported correctly. Once you are comfortable, make your choice and then RUN!
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