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02 March 2015 | News
Choosing a running shoe can be much more difficult than buying a regular shoe. It can be hard to know what type of shoe you should go for based on your own personal needs. In this blog we discuss five things you should consider when choosing new running shoes, to ensure you make the right choice.
1)Find a pair that's right for you
It is arguably more important to ensure your running/sport shoes are a perfect fit than your regular every day shoes. This is due to the added strain that your foot has to endure when running, which means you need to wear footwear that can handle the increased pressure and offer you the support you need. Another benefit of wearing well fitting shoes is that there is less chance of a disturbance to your workout as you move around, there's nothing worse than getting into your stride and having to stop due to irritation and discomfort!
2) Pay attention to your arches
The shape of your feet and your arches should play a vital role in choosing the right running shoe for you. If you are aware that you have flat feet i.e a low arch, you ought to look out for shoes that offer a high degree of stability and it is best to avoid shoes with too much cushioning in this case.
If you have a high arch, you may require a higher level of cushioning in the sole as arched feet tend to do less well at absorbing shocks.
For normal feet with a slight arch, it is best to stick with a shoe that offers reasonable stability and a good degree of cushioning. Our Ecco Biom Ultra shoes are a great all round running shoe, offering shock absorption as well as being waterproof – perfect for running in all weathers.
3)Don't wear the same pair over different terrains
The terrain on which you most often run should also be considered when choosing a running shoe. If you prefer to go off the beaten track, a thicker sole may be the choice for you, one that can protect you from the rougher terrain underfoot. If you usually run on flat surfaces, a lightweight shoe that has a flexible sole could be the better option for you, but this depends greatly on your foot shape and arch height. These lightweight soles are also great for other sports both indoor and outdoor.
Our Ecco Biom Evo trainers have an excellent, lightweight sole with extra flexibility; you won't even notice you're wearing them!
Terrain should play a role in determining what running shoes you purchases. If you're running on rougher terrain, a thicker soul may be required, whereas on flat surfaces a lightweight shoe may be more suitable. If you are partial to mixing up your running routes rather than sticking to one, it is advised that you invest in more than one pair of running shoes so that you can change as necessary.
4)Make sure you buy the right size
This is an important one. Ensuring you are wearing the correct size will help significantly in ensuring maximum comfort. For this we advise getting measured professionally, however we do have a handy shoe size chart up to size 8 that can give you some idea as to the correct size for you.
5)Ask an expert
If in doubt, ask an expert for advice. We are always on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding our selection of running shoes or sports shoes. If you need any assistance, get in touch and we will be happy to assist in any way we can!
We have a great selection of running & sports shoes for men and women at Shoes International. Like all our shoes, they come with FREE UK delivery.
Posted by Mike Small.