Running Shoes, or not?
- Find a reputable running shoe store in your area, preferably one where the salespeople are runners. My favorite is Road Runner Sports. They have never failed to put me in the right shoe.
- Bring your running socks and try both shoes on. If one foot is larger, buy the larger size.
- If the store is reputable, they’ll let you take the shoes outside for a test run
- Shoes should feel comfortable right away, there’s no “breaking in” period. If you feel the seams or stitching on the shoes, don’t buy them.
- Get fitted for your running shoes at the end of the day when your foot is at its maximum size
- Allow one-half inch between the end of your longest toe and the shoe’s end, with wiggle room for all toes
- The shoe should be as wide as possible across the forefoot without allowing heel slippage
- When do you need new shoes? It depends on how much you run in them. Most should be replaced between 3 and 6 months. If you go to the store and try on a new pair and the difference is dramatic, it’s time for a new pair!
I’ve always been a big believer on buying the right running shoe to ensure that a person can run without pain. However, I’ve heard a lot of talk about running barefoot. It’s supposed to be the most natural, least stressful way to run. It does require a certain running technique to do it properly and it makes sense to me. Just check out the videos on this site to see the difference.
I do occasionally come across runners who run barefoot. They claim it is too painful to run with shoes. I am quite curious to try it some time, but I know that my pretty feet wouldn’t be so pretty anymore 🙂