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The Perfect Running Shoe

Posted onOctober 1st, 2015

Without a good running shoe, you likely will not run your best and you could potentially face an injury. For these reasons, it is important to spend the time finding your best shoe and investing in it, assuming you are an avid runner. With the multitude of running shoes available at the thousands of retail shops, it becomes rather overwhelming. There are every type of shoe available, from motion control to stable to zero drop to who knows what they will come up with next. In addition, the amount of advertisements that exist is enough to confuse anyone, so follow these tips to work your way towards your next pair of running shoes.

1. Go to a specialty store.

Your best bet is to find a specific running shoe store, where the staff are experienced and understand the difference between each type of shoe. The shoes will be more expensive than a department store, but it will be worth it for a high quality running shoe.

2. Trust your feet.

How your feet feel in the shoes is the most important part. If you can’t do a test walk around the store without feeling discomfort, these are not the shoes for you. A snug fit is not a good fit. Side note: Go shoe shopping in the late afternoon because this is the time your feet are the most swollen.

3. Test the shoe.

The flex-test is a good way to tell the kind of bend you will experience when pushing off. You want the toe to bend back, but not the whole front of the shoe. Excessive flexion is not a good thing.

4. Know your running style.

Normal to mild pronators should opt for stability or neutral running shoes, depending on their arch. If you under pronate, especially with a high arch, you should go for a cushioned shoe type. People with flat feet or people who over-pronate when they run ought to consider motion control shoes.

There is no perfect way to find your running shoe, and no chart can tell you what will work no matter what. The best option is to just go to a specialty store and try many shoes on. If you are an avid runner, you may experience foot issues; call Kondiles Chicagoland Footcare if you have been dealing with pain in your feet or any other problems!

Courtesy of: Fix

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