Running shoes come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
And no pair exactly comes the same.
However, neophytes new to running activities commit the novice mistake of donning on whatever shoes they can get their soles on and use that for running events. However, this often overlooked mistake can be the determining factor between your win or your loss. Choosing appropriate running shoes do not only come in two facets such as how stylish it is and the size it comes. No, when you are choosing the right shoes for you, you need to consider your very specific needs. For greenhorns, these are things they neglect to consider while regular running pundits regard these aspects as their very reason for choosing a pair of running shoes. Your specific needs include things like your weight, your biomechanics, the shape and not just the size of your feet and the very surfaces you run on (It is very different to be running on terrains and using shoes designed for the gym or Crossfit workouts). Taking all these into consequence would essentially mean that what may be a good pair for you might be a terrible pair for others.
So if you are looking to buy yourself your first pair of running shoes, consider the things below before making a purchase.
Road Running Shoes are the shoes you wear for forays onto surfaces with slight irregularities. They are usually light and flexible and are made to stabilize and cushion feet during repetitive strides on hard and even surfaces.
Cross Training Shoes on the other hand are shoes gym goers and Crossfit enthusiasts prefer. There is occasionally more contact with the ground so this is much more appropriate than going for shoes with a thick platform sole.
Trail Running Shoes are running shoes that are specifically designed for off-road routes and uneven ground, usually littered with rocks, mud and other sorts of obstacles. These shoes are equipped with aggressive solid traction and is enhanced to offer better stability, support and underfoot protection.
TYPES OF RUNNING SHOES
These shoes are perfect for runners who tend to demonstrate mild to moderate overpronation when running. The design usually includes a firm “post” in order to reinforce the arch side of each midsole–an area mostly impacted during overpronation.
For mild pronators, these shoes can be appropriate but this pair is best for neutral runners who tend to roll outward as it provides shock absorption and some medial support as well. Choose super-cushioned shoes that provide more cushioning than any other traditional shoes for greater shock absorption.
These shoes feature extreme lightweight construction. It offers little to zero arch support in order t encourage a natural running motion and a midfoot strike all the while still offering cushioning and flex. There are minimalist styles that offer stability posting to assist the overpronating runner transition to a barefoot running position.
Motion Control Shoes
These shoes are ideal for runners who demonstrate moderate to severe overpronation. These pairs come with features such as stiffer heels or a design built on a straighter which would counter over pronation.
Choosing the right pair of shoes for your next running event need not be a grueling task if you have carefully considered your specific needs. A few tips to make sure you get the best and most appropriate shoes for you is to try shoes at the end of the day as this when your feet is at its largest considering the day’s activities (This will ensure you do not buy shoes that are too small). And if you do wear orthotics, bring them along as they also impact the fit of a shoe.
Lastly, when choosing shoes, you do not need to conform to your gender, males can buy from women’s shoes if they find that they have a narrow pair of feet while women can buy from men’s shoes if they find they have a larger or wider foot.