SELECT SHOES

Runner's World (UK) - - Old Ways, New Ways -

THE OLD WAY Run­ners had lim­ited op­tions, with shoes made from heav­ier, less tech­ni­cal ma­te­ri­als (see p62).

THE NEW WAY From bare­lythere Vi­brams to tow­er­ing Hokas, run­ning-shoe op­tions seem in­fi­nite.

THE BEST WAY Find­ing the per­fect pair of run­ning shoes for your unique com­bi­na­tion of biome­chan­ics, train­ing vol­ume, body size and run­ning-sur­face pref­er­ences isn’t an easy task, al­though a knowl­edge­able sales­per­son at a spe­cial­ist run­ning shop can help you nar­row down the list. Try run­ning in at least a cou­ple of mod­els at the shop – and con­sider own­ing at least two dif­fer­ent mod­els. Re­cent re­search found that run­ners who ro­tated among two or more dif­fer­ent pairs had an in­jury rate 39 per cent lower than those who stuck with a sin­gle pair.

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