Your guide to buy­ing run­ning shoes

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Variety -

Plan­ning to run your way to fit­ness? Own­ing the right run­ning shoe is es­sen­tial to strike out any ma­jor chance of in­jury. Here’s what to keep in mind be­fore you buy your pair:

Each pair of shoes is de­signed for a pur­pose. For ex­am­ple, bas­ket­ball shoes will do you no good while trail run­ning. So, if you are go­ing to run, make sure you pick up run­ning shoes that are meant for run­ners.

Go for good qual­ity run­ning shoes. A sub­stan­dard prod­uct will be much less durable and will in­crease the chances of a po­ten­tial in­jury. In­vest in shoes which are sturdy and can en­dure wear and tear.

Opt for a pair that fits you per­fectly, but make sure that there is a lit­tle room for your feet. There should be a thumb’s width at the end of your long­est toe and the front of the shoe when you wear it. Also, do not buy a shoe big­ger than your size, as your heel could slip off.

Choose shoes with a breath­able up­per sec­tion, which helps your feet to per­spire less. This will help keep foot odour at bay.

Take your old shoes along, so that the store’s staff could sug­gest to you the best shoes ac­cord­ing to your wear pat­tern. The wear pat­tern of an old run­ning shoe tells a lot about the way your feet fall and if you have an over-prona­tion (ex­ces­sive in­ward roll of the foot af­ter land­ing) or a supina­tion (out­ward roll of the foot dur­ing nor­mal mo­tion) prob­lem.

Con­fused whether you should buy cush­ioned shoes for bet­ter com­fort or min­i­mal shoes for en­hanced sta­bil­ity? That de­pends on your foot arch. If you have a high foot arch, the fall im­pact will be much greater and hence you re­quire a pair of cush­ioned shoes. For those with lower arch or over­prona­tion is­sues, sta­bil­ity shoes are sug­gested.


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