What I Look For in a Running Shoe

Running shoes are an investment. Usually, they’re pretty pricey anyway and they have the ability to make or break you. When I wear my running shoes, I can tell when they’re starting to be worn out just by the pain I start to get. There’s no telling what kind of pain other people might go through just by buying poorly made or a bad fit.

My only real experience with running shoes is just that I’ve been constantly running since freshman year of high school on the track and cross country team. I’m still running as a hobby and in the Army. I haven’t done any races in awhile though and would like to start back up.

One thing that’s important when picking a running shoe is evaluating the shape of your foot.

I was super attracted to the Nike Frees at first but when I tried them on, I knew immediately they weren’t for me. There was too much room for my foot. Nike Frees seemed to be for wider feet. I knew shoe brands like New Balance tend to be more narrow around the foot but┬áspacious at the toes.

You also have to know if you pronate or supinate. You can tell by looking at the bottom of old shoes and seeing where the bottoms have worn away. If you’re neutral, the bottoms should have an even wear. I supinate (underpronate) so the outsides of my shoes wear away more than the inward parts meaning my gait isn’t balanced. For me, lightweight shoes are the best but those who overpronate should be wearing stability shoes.

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Then of course, what reasons your running is also important. Are you going for distance or sprinting? Distance you’ll want more padding while sprinting you’ll want less.

Most importantly, change out your shoes after 600 – 800 miles! I see far too many people not doing this. If you do two miles a day that’s already 40 miles a month. Shoes should probably only last you a year even though to a lot of new runners that’s weird to think. People who don’t change out their shoes are ones who tend to get shin splints.

Don’t be that guy.