One of the most frequently asked questions that we get from new runners is what type of running shoes they should wear. Our advice is to get a professional running shoe fitting and investing in a high quality pair of running shoes.
First, let’s talk about why this is important. Running shoes are incredibly important because they support your body as you run. You need to have a well-fitted, supportive pair of running shoes that is right for your personal biomechanics in order to prevent running related injuries.
I’ll start by sharing a personal story so that you can learn from my mistake. When I first tried running about 9 years ago, I went to a store at the mall and simply bought a cheap pair of trainers that “looked cool” without getting a fitting or really having any idea what was important in a running shoe. This was a huge mistake. I immediately got shin splints and struggled with foot and ankle pain the entire time I ran in the shoes. I eventually stopped because running in those shoes were too painful. I quickly gave up and thought running wasn’t for me. I didn’t even give running a fair shot because I didn’t get the first step right. I should have started by and getting a professional shoe fitting and investing in the right running shoes for me.
A lot of people resist investing in high quality running shoes because they tend to be pricey, but if there is one thing you take away from this blog, let it be this: The shoes may seem expensive, but they are very affordable compared to how much it will cost you if you get injured and have to pay for physical therapy, surgery, or worse in the future because you wanted to save money on the shoes. Investing in good shoes is an investment in your health.
Just like tires, running shoes don’t last forever and need to be replaced after a certain amount of use. With time and lots of use, the tread wears away and the support only lasts for so long. So how long does a pair of running shoes last? We generally advise that a pair of high quality running shoes should be replaced every 300-500 miles. You can also usually tell when they start to get worn because they will begin to feel flat compared to when you first started wearing them and you will see the tread on the bottom of the shoe flattening out.
Many running stores provide complimentary running shoe fittings. They will discuss your goals with you so that they can identify a shoe that best meets your specific needs. Many running stores like Fleet Feet have really cool 3D Technology that scans your feet and takes precise measurements. They will diagnose your step, stride, and stance to find a shoe that is best for you!
Right now a lot of physical retail stores are closed due to Covid-19, so Fleet Feet is offering virtual shoe fittings which are a great alternative option in the meantime: https://www.fleetfeet.com/catalogs/virtual-shoe-fitting
Good luck & Happy Running!