Remember when you were little and you went to the shoe store with your parents for the first time to get fitted for a pair of shoes? Your foot got measured and re-measured, and you were forced to walk around the entire store 300 times to make sure the shoe fit perfectly? Now, most of us know our size, try on a couple different styles, find the one we like, and we’re good to go! And some of us skip the trip to the shoe store altogether and just order what we like online.
Word of advice: Don’t do this if you’re buying running shoes! Finding the proper shoe for training is often the last thing many people think about. However, it should be one of the first things to consider.
To get started, a local running or sports shoe store is a good place to start and ask questions. These specialty stores will evaluate your feet and running/walking patterns to help find the best shoe for you. Ordering online is never a good choice due to different sizing patterns in different brands – no two shoes fit exactly alike.
Good Luck and happy feet for all!
Top 5 for Buying Running Shoes
Shoe slipping – Your heel should fit snugly in your running shoes, but not tight. Look for slipping in the heel and if the shoe rubs your ankle.
Top comfort – The top part of your shoe should feel snug and secure around your instep. Look for a comfortable feel on the top of your foot, no lumps or anything that may irritate you later on.
Narrow and wide – In the front of your shoes your foot should be able to move side-to-side without crossing over the edge of the insole. Look to see if your foot is bulging out on the side of the shoe or if you feel pressure. If so, you may want to try a different width shoe. If you have too much room, check to see if the company makes a narrow width – most shoe companies do. Finger space – As you run, your feet swell and lengthen. To accommodate for this growth, make sure there's a finger’s width of space between your longest toe and the end of a shoe. This will ensure that you won’t blister the end of your toes or lose any toenails.
Test run – Although a pair of shoes may feel good while you are standing, you can't really get a good feel without putting them to the test. While wearing your potential shoes, go for a quick jog on the store's treadmill, on the sidewalk or down a hallway. Look for any pressure on your arch or shooting pains that you may have not noticed while just standing there.
Top 5 Most Common Shoe Buying Mistakes
Shoe appearance – We all have favorite colors and styles, especially when it comes to what we wear. However, this should not be a factor when buying a proper running shoe.
Size too small – Kiss those summer time sandals and flip flops goodbye! Shoes that are too small will cause blisters, discomfort and possible toenail loss.
Size assumption – Not all shoes and brands are created equal. Why do you think there are hundreds of choices? Letting someone at a local running store analyze your foot’s shape, arch and movement will ensure a proper fit and recommendation.
Universal shoe – “What fits and works for someone else will work for me.” Wrong! All feet are different. What might work for your best friend probably won’t work for you. Try several pairs on before making a final decision.
Stretching shoe – Some people believe that a shoe will stretch out over time and fit better after wearing it for a while. Unfortunately, this is not true. If the shoe doesn’t fit properly from day one, you have the wrong size or shoe – get something else.