It started with a desire to press out a pair of pants and ended with a lesson on foot care. How? I dropped the portable ironing board I was carrying on my big toe and split it in half. Luckily, my injury didn’t require stitches, but as a nurse patched me up, she handed me a booklet on shoes. After reading it, I realized the importance of proper shoe attire especially in regards to running.
Running shoes can greatly affect your ability to perform. Why? A good pair of running shoes can reduce the risk of injury while extending the life of your feet, ankles and shins. So, it’s important to know what to look for in a pair. Here’s how to do it.
Look for a pair of running shoes at a store or website with a large selection. It will increase your chances of finding a pair that is in your size. Select three pairs of running shoes in your size that fit your taste. Don’t worry about brand name or price. Check out the flexibility of the toe in each pair of running shoes. It should be able to bend, which will allow your feet to move freely.
When you put each pair of running shoes on, jump up and down. Which pair of running shoes absorbs the shock of your weight the best? Run up and down the shoe aisle. (Be sure to run on uncarpeted flooring.) Does your heel slip out from the back? Are your toes comfortable?
Elect to buy the pair of running shoes out of the three that marks highest in flexibility, shock absorbance, fit and comfort.
If you follow this process when you purchase a pair of running shoes, you will find the one that is best for you. You will also learn that Adidas, Nike and other popular brands have variations in them that might make your feet hurt. Therefore, you can’t just pick a pair of running shoes because it’s popular. Plus, you wouldn’t want to select one in this way anyhow. After all, you’re a runner – not a high school student.