Learn How to Pick the Best Running Shoes for You
Finding the right pair of running shoes can be really confusing and overwhelming. There are so many options, where do you even start? It can be difficult to pick the right pair of running shoes.
One of the most frequently asked questions that I get from new runners is about what type of running shoes they should wear. In this post, I will explain why a high-quality pair of running shoes is important and how to pick the best pair for you.
Why Are They Important?
First, let’s talk about why they are important. Finding the right running shoes is incredibly important because running shoes 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.
The Running Shoe Mistake I Made
I’ll start by sharing a personal story so that you can learn from my mistake. When I first gave running a try about 10 years ago, I went to a store at the mall and simply bought a cheap pair of running shoes that “looked cool”. I didn’t get 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. Running in those shoes became too painful, and I eventually stopped altogether; I thought running wasn’t for me. But I didn’t even give running a fair shot because I didn’t get the first step right. I should have started by getting a professional shoe fitting and investing in the right running shoes for me.
At this point, I have gotten multiple professional shoe fittings and I know which shoes work best for me. I now use Asic Gel Nimbus shoes. I’ve had dozens of pairs over the years and I have had no pain or issues ever since!
Worth the Investment
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.
Also, if you’re interested in learning how I save almost 50% on my running shoes every time, check out my post called My Secret Hack to Save Money on Running Shoes.
How Long do They Last?
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?
It is generally advised that you replaced your running shoes 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.
I typically replace mine after about 300 miles because I can begin to feel that they’re getting worn down.
Professional Running Shoe Fitting
As I mentioned earlier, I recommend that all runners get a professional running shoe fitting to determine which running shoe is best for them. 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!