A comfortable pair of running shoes is a pair that perfectly fits your feet. Since you focus on your track and care less about your feet when running, it’s worth the effort to get to know your running style in order to buy the right pair of running trainers. Here are the buying strategies that will not leave you tied up in knots.
1. The Fit
The fitting isn’t just about getting shoes of your size, but also the snugness of the trainers from the heel of your foot to the toe, as well as in the widest part of your foot. Knowing your feet’s length and width and the kind of comfort you want will give clearer idea of the pair of running shoes to look for.
2. Space Allowance
Your heels should fit snug, but not tight; and should slide comfortably out while the shoes are laced up, but not tied. While allowance in the heel allow for some movement, it shouldn’t be uncomfortable or bothering while running. Lacing your shoes up to the last eyelet takes care of the slippage. If you feel any discomfort or the shoes are a bit loose, remember that this can get worse and more obvious when you hit the road so make sure to address any issues before purchasing.
3. The Width
The width of your shoes is equally important as the length for maximum comfort. To determine good width fitting, you should be able to wiggle and move your toes side-by-side in the shoe’s forefoot area. You should also be able to pinch a quarter inch of shoe material atop the widest part of the foot. If the trainers are too narrow, you will feel your pinky toe sitting on the edge of the shoe.
4. Flex Point
Before trying on a shoe check its flex point first by pressing the tip into floor. The shoe should crease and bend in the same point your foot bends. Running in shoes with a misaligned flex point can cause arch pain, while lack of shoe flexibility can lead to calf strain or Achilles-tendon.
5. Pronation Type
Pronation is the way your foot moves and rolls when you walk and run. When buying for any kind shoes, it’s essential to know your pronation type first. There are shoes in the market to match every type of pronation. Know your pronation type by getting a gait analysis—many specialist sports retail stores offer this service.
Remember that there’s no single best shoe—everyone has specific needs. Every consideration, from your biomechanics, the surface you run on, frequency of run, your weight, and the shape of your feet, matters in choosing the most suitable running shoes for you.