How to choose the right running shoes for you
By Abi Jackson. Published 2020-11-26BOLD-Fitness
Want to avoid running into injuries, knee and back pain? Make sure your footwear really suits your needs, foot shape and gait.
1. Look at your old trainers and check for wear.Noting which bits of the soles have worn down most can be a useful indicator of your pronation; whether your foot touches down with the weight neutrally spread, or mostly on the inside or outside edge of your foot, which can determine the right shoe for you. Lots of running shops offer a gait analysis service.
2. Get the right tread for the right weather.If you’re running in wet conditions, good grip will be a priority. A bit like car tyres!
3. Make sure the shoe offers enough stability.The shape of your foot, as well as your gait, will play a big part here – a good snug fit will help avoid sprains, imbalances in weight distribution and blisters.
4. Consider the ankle stability too.Decent support around the ankle is also important for avoiding wear and tear injuries and sprains, as well as helping protect your posture.
5. Ensure the shoes match what you’ll be using them for.Trainer designs can vary significantly, so make sure you get a shoe that’s designed for running, and for the specific type of running you’ll be doing. Will you be pounding pavements, hitting trails, aiming for speed or endurance, for instance?
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