Guide To Pick the Right Running Shoe

Choosing the right running shoe has never been easy. With the plethora of options available today, it’s natural for you to be in a fix while zeroing down on your pair. Runners should sample five or six pairs before making a final choice. Fortunately - almost amazingly - many experts believe shoe-buying is getting simpler. You'll probably fare best by trusting your sense of feel.

Consider these tips as tried-and-true essentials:

1. Always buy at a branded shoe at a store after trying on some fair share of pairs! You might save a few bucks if you shop online, but the in-store fitting process is so crucial to a running-shoe purchase that you just can't put a price on it. Don’t choose a shoe with too much cushioning and at the same time don’t choose a shoe that is “minimal’ i.e. one with a thin sole

2. Try on shoes in the late afternoon or early evening, because your feet tend to swell during the day and also when you run.

3. While you try out shoes, wear the same socks you wear while running. Also, wear any regularly used shoe inserts or orthotics.

4. Avoid shoes that are too short. Select a pair with a finger's width of space between your longest toe and the front of the shoes.

5. Jog around in the store or on a nearby sidewalk/passage. You can't judge running shoes by walking.

6. Buy the simplest shoe that feels good and works well. Avoid excessive weight and unnecessary doodahs. Also, there's no evidence that expensive shoes are better for you.

7. Even if the shoes feel great at the store, you should never race in a new pair. Take your time to analyze your comfort and then seal the deal. Finally, keep track of your miles run in the shoes. Buy a new pair When you’ve logged 1000 – 1200 km. It's better to buy sooner than to risk injury, time off and potentially expensive medical visits.