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Shoe Guide

Running shoes are the most important item of running kit you will buy. Each time your foot hits the ground there is force of around two-and-a-half times your body weight and your shoes are there to protect you from this. Add to this the fact that because of technology that goes into making running shoes they can cost a fair amount of money, so the right choice becomes even more important. Below is a guide to which shoes to buy...

Step One- Know your style

Before buying a new pair of shoes don't sling out your old ones. First, stand them up on the table and see what they do...

  • If they lean inwards, you're an OVER-PRONATOR (abbreviated to PRONATOR in the guide).

  • If you're shoes stand flat, you are NEUTRAL.

  • If they lean outwards, you are and UNDER-PRONATOR.

Still not sure which one you are? Walk across a tiled floor with wet feet. Look at the marks. If the line connecting heel to toes is wider that half your foot width, you're a PRONATOR. If there's a thin line you're an UNDER-PRONATOR. Somewhere in between? You're a NEUTRAL.

Step Two-Pick a shoe type

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Step Three-Go Choose

If you've followed all the steps listed above, you probably have a pretty good idea of what type of running shoe you should be looking for. However, it still pays to go to a specialty running store (at least for your first running shoe purchase). The people who work in these stores are knowledgeable and will guide you to the appropriate shoe models.

Here are some tips for a successful shopping trip.

  • Shop in the late afternoon when your feet are at their largest. Your feet will expand while running.
  • Bring your old shoes with you when you go shopping. Shoe wear will assist the salesperson in determining your degree of pronation.
  • Do NOT make the most common mistake new runners make by buying the latest fad shoe. It is highly likely this will not be the ideal shoe for you.
  • Make sure the salesperson measures both of your feet. Often, one foot is slightly larger than the other. You should be fitted for the larger foot.

Before you try on any shoes, the salesperson should (at least) ask you the following questions to help you select the right running shoe model.

  • How long have you been running?
  • How much mileage are you doing per week?
  • Are you training for a particular event?
  • Where do you do most of your running?
  • How much do you weigh?
  • Are you aware of any foot problems (i.e. flat feet, over- or underpronation)?

Based on your answers, the salesperson will direct you to various models that will fit your needs and help you select some for you to try.

Wednesday, 03 March 2004 12:36