Have you ever stepped into a shoe store and got completely overwhelmed?
With too many options available, Buying shoes was never this difficult. There is no one-size-fits-all when buying a pair of running shoes.
We need to understand that we can prevent many running-related injuries if we wear the right shoes.
For example, in the case of long-distance running, we need to equally understand the biomechanics of the foot of any individual before recommending a shoe.
Luckily, all the major running shoe stores offer free Gait Analysis. A gait analysis will help you figure out if you have any previous injuries affecting your running form. They analyze and prescribe the right fitting shoes to help you in the long run.
There is already a wide range of shoes is available in the market; so therefore, we need to understand our requirements.
So the first step is Good Gait Analysis and Assessment of the foot pronation, and the second step is the right cushioning for your feet and how you feel your feet on ground level.
It is crucial to buy a shoe that provides adequate control and stability depending on the sport. For example, trail running shoes are different from road running shoes. We should look for a shoe that allows our feet to move comfortably and naturally through the stride.
The most expensive pair is not always the best pair for you. Always look for those shoes that your foot needs.
We always buy shoes of the exact size of our feet. It is always recommended to buy shoes at least one size greater than your actual feet size.
The reason is in long-distance running, our feet tend to swell up, which is when we lose our toenails and end up getting injured.
Always test run the shoes you intend to buy. Go to a store where they let you run on a treadmill and test them before buying.
Looks can be deceiving, don’t buy the shoes for it looks; Rather, go for those pairs that will make your feet feel better. Make sure the shoe meets your specific needs
When you buy your running, go to a shop specializing in running shoes, get your gait assessment done by a specialist, and then decide what to buy and what not to buy.
Get your feet measured and always go for a size bigger than your original size to save your toenails and prevent injuries.
Always replace your shoes after logging 300 to 500 miles depending on the brand and the model. You can always keep a track of it before you start using them.
For example, you may use Strava or your Garmin App.
Pragyan Dash is an aspiring Sports Medicine specialist and USATF Coach. As a recreational runner & athlete, she wants to see herself as a fitness model. As a brand ambassador for two sports brands, she believes in a cleaner and greener earth.