Even when we aren’t running, we spend a lot of time on our feet during the day. If our shoes don’t feel right, we don’t feel right. When it comes to running, the right gear makes all the difference – whether you’re running 3 miles or 26 miles. Finding a good fitting shoe helps prevent injury, and keeps you comfortable so you can run farther. Consider these when looking for new running shoes:
Your Foot Shape Is Unique
The shapes of our feet vary from runner to runner. Running shoes come in a variety of styles to help cater to your specific needs:
Most people have regular feet, which are the majority of shoes in market. These are easier to find.
If you’re flat footed, you’ll most likely need shoes that aid in stabilizing your feet when you run. Without proper stability, you may be prone to twisting your ankle.
High Arched Feet
People who have high arches tend to roll their feet outwards. The ideal shoe type for these people offer more absorption and flexibility.
If your feet are wider than most people, finding specific shoes that offer a wider base will help avoid friction burn on the sides of your feet.
Finding Shoes For Your Strike Pattern
How your foot hits the ground (also know as your “foot strike”) while you run is another important shoe buying factor. You want to find a shoe that has extra support wherever it’s first making contact with the treadmill:
If your heel hits the ground first, a shoe with extra cushion in the back end is an ideal choice. This helps absorb more of the impact and reduces injury overall.
If you run flat footed with both ball and heel striking the ground at the same time, a shoe with equal cushion from front to back equally distributes the shock, so one part of the foot isn’t impacted more than the other.
Running on the ball of your feet requires light weight shoes with little to no cushion in the back. Since most of the shock is in front of the foot, having a small heel ensures unnecessary shock isn’t driven to your heel.
Additional Running Shoe Buying Tips
Your sneakers should always bend at the ball, and should be able to twist slightly. When you run, the shoe needs to bend with your foot naturally to help avoid constraining them, and leading to shin splints or stress fractures.
Running shoes should be about 1/2 size larger than standard shoes. This will let your foot flex more freely, and give your toes room to move forward with each stride. If they’re too tight, your feet will become sore faster. If they’re too large, you risk injury, and lose the benefit of stabilizing your foot and ankle.
The more your shoes support you, the better your treadmill runs will become. Find the perfect match for your feet, and your running style to make each home treadmill session stronger, faster, and longer.