Get The Right Running Shoes For Your Feet

Buying running shoes should be handled with care to get a good fit, the greatest amount of comfort, and the best value.

If you enjoy running for an aerobic workout or athletic training, you realize the importance of having a pair of good-fitting running shoes. You can't run in sandals or loafers, and quality is key when shopping for long-lasting footwear.

When planning your next shoe purchase, here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. Don't shop at the end of the day. Your feet will be swollen and you will not get an accurate fit. Instead, go earlier, before your feet have a chance to grow tired and swell. Besides, if you shop at night when you're tired and eager to get home, you may settle for a pair of shoes that do not provide the most comfortable fit for your foot.



2. Don't shop for price alone. Everyone enjoys a bargain, but your feet's comfort is more important than saving a few dollars. Shop for coupons or find out when your preferred store is having its next sale if you want to save money. Then try on quality shoes, not necessarily name-brand or no-name items, to get your best fit. It's no more necessary to spend just $5 for shoes than it is to pay $150. Go for the middle-of-the-road approach.

3. Get fitted. If you're not sure of your shoe size or feel that your size may have shrunk or increased, ask the sales attendant to measure your foot with the floor instrument that they use for accurate fittings. Measure both feet, not just one, as some pairs of feet may not match. Then try on various pairs of shoes to get a good fit, keeping in mind that even though the brand claims to be your size, individual styles may vary.

4. Try them out. Walk around the store to see how the new shoes feel. Some athletic stores provide small tracks for this purpose. Walk fast and slow, then stop abruptly and wheel around. Do this a few times to see how the shoe feels. If it slides on your heel or pinches your toes, chances are this pair is not for you, since slight problems at the store often escalate to larger problems at home.

5. Break them in. After buying your new shoes, be sure to wear the proper socks with them for comfort. If you wear thin socks normally, hopefully you wore thin socks to try on your shoes at the store. The first week or so of wearing new shoes may result in tightness or even a blister until your feet get used to them and the shoes get molded to your foot contours. But if you find after a couple of weeks that the shoes do not fit properly, continue to feel uncomfortable, and make your feet sore or achy, try to return them for a different size. If you can't, it may be worthwhile discarding this pair and buying another, since without good running shoes, your workout will not be very effective.

Buying new shoes should not be hurried. Take your time to find the best fit, a reliable brand, and a comfortable style before hurrying off to your next race.

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