How do you choose the best running shoes? There is no hard and fast rule, and so long as you’re working with the top line, of any reputable running brand, then that’s already half the battle won. Buying the best running shoes for myself is often a very difficult task as there is such a huge choice on the market.
Different running shoes do a range of jobs depending on how one runs – so you really need to indentify the best fit for you. You see, the best rated shoe for one person is not necessarily the same as for another.For me, the fit and the way my old, weathered feet feel in them is normally what helps me make a decision.
I have many loves, but my favourites include, the ON Cloud, The Adidas PureBoostX, ASICS Women’s Gel Kayano and the Mizuno Lady’s Wave Rider. (updated Feb 2016).
So, here are some of the things I look at, when deciding on what running shoe to get…
1. Shoe Size
Easy enough, but sometime overlooked. Get this wrong and you will have red, angry feet for a while! I say size, because it might be worth bearing in mind that your feet swell after running more than a couple of miles, so getting half a size larger than normal can be a good idea.
2. Narrow or Broad
Most brands are designed for a typical D width fitting. Brooks are wider and Adidas narrower. My hubby likes New Balance because NB actually offer 3 different width sizes.
The heavier you are, the more impact on your shoes. Some shoes are designed for heavier runners, such as Brooks Beast and Asics Gel Koji by providing extra cushioning.
Where do you normally run?
The Road Runner – These have a shallow tread on a long lasting sole, for example Asics Gel Kayano or Mizuno Wave Rider. These shoes are also good for running on tracks. These are my shoes of choice because I generally do road running.
On-Off Road – These have a deeper tread to cope with uneven gravel paths but are still durable for road running. Good examples of these running shoes include Nike Air Pegasus and Saucony Jazz 6000.
Off Road – Grip is all important here, you need lots of traction for deep treads on the soles. Example – Adidas Swoop 2.
There is – Overpronation, Neutral or Underpronation. This affects the sort of shoe that is most suitable to the individual. Generally you should seek advice from the shoe experts on this, so you get the most comfortable fit for you.
The longer you run, the more you should spend on your shoes obviously because you have only one pair of feet and you’ll be putting extra strain on your legs for the long haul. Don’t skimp on cheap running shoes.
7. Throw them out
Running shoes wear out after 600 – 900km of running, so you should replace them (even if they look fine) after running this distance. I myself am guilty of keeping and keeping my shoes, because I have grown attached to them. Some have seen me through many a half marathon. Well yeah, be kind to your body and change your shoes once their time is up.
“Live Long, Run Hard!”