Which running shoes are right for you?
Running shoes can be a big financial commitment and one which can take some serious thought; how far do I want to be running? Where will I be running? Should I give this barefoot running style a try?
The sports retail world is awash with different shoe options; from hybrid off-road shoes to multi-purpose all round trainer. The price ranges can be as varied as the sole thickness - so how do you know which running shoe is right for you?
Here are our top 3 tips on choosing your new running shoe:
Know your running goals - there's no use spending $100 on a new pair of trail running shoes if your main running goal for the next 6 months is to run the New York City marathon! Once you have a clear idea of what type of running you want to do, equip yourself for the task.
The Salomon S-SLAB Fellcross - great for cross country fell running but not ideal for long distance road runs.
Think about shoes for the long run - they say that your running shoes should last you up to 500 miles of running, that's around 19 full distance marathons! You should think about this when making your shoe choice. If you're likely to get through those 500 miles in one season then by all means take seasonal variations into account, but if you think these running shoes should last you the year, go for a shoe which will be appropriate all year round.
Similarly think about the financial implications of replacing your running shoes - if you're committing to adopting running into your routine then you will be replacing those shoes again within 3 - 4 months, don't put yourself in a position where you've spent more than is sustainable on your running shoes.
Beware of fads - if you have a genuine interest in trying a new running style, then by all means buy the appropriate running shoes. If there is a massive gimmick attached to the shoe then there will probably be a huge price increase to match it; the Reebok EasyTone was "proven to strengthen hamstrings and calves by up to 11% and tone the buttocks up to 28% more than regular sneakers, just by walking" - this claim cost Reebok dearly, both in reputation and in the courts! The $25million settlement goes along with a price drop from $100 now retailing at a more realistic $30.
Check out this awesome infographic from rei.com on how to choose the right running shoes for you:
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