Most Runners, when starting out, are often either confused about shoe selection or do not consider it as relevant, so they select just about any shoe that looks good to them. So to resolve the issue, Iron Mrigesh sheds some light, providing five tips on how exactly to select the right shoe for running.
Running shoes might not look much different from the normal ones, but have some technical features to maintain homogeneity of each step while also providing cushioning aid for shock absorption and prevents injury.
Right kind of Running Shoes
Just selecting a Running-Shoe is not enough, even those have several variations, and you should choose one pertinent to your purpose,
There are mainly three variations:
- Everyday Running Shoes: They are durable and useful for jogging and most type of ‘light-running,’ that most people do.
- Lightweight Shoes: Less durable, use it once or twice a week and usually used for paced workouts.
- Racing Flats: For serious racing.
Get the Right Fit
It may seem obvious but do not neglect the fitting as it is the most crucial aspect of shoe-selection. If the running shoe doesn’t fit right, then it not only contributes to painful experience but can also cause injury.
To ascertain ideal size for yourself, keep these in mind:
- Feet spread due to running.
- Have roughly a 2-inch space between the foot and shoe on the inside.
- Avoid shoes that pinch.
Know the Technicalities
Do thorough research on pronation, heel-toe drop, stack height, etc. before buying the shoes. Once you cross over the beginners’ phase, you would have to make the decision based on these parameters, corroborated with your own choices.
A brief overview:
- Pronation: It is the natural, side to side movement of your foot. Shoes can provide pronation control, and eventually, you would have to make the decision based on whether you prefer neutral or stability shoes enhanced for pronation control.
- Heel-toe drop: It is the difference in the material beneath the heel and forefront of the shoe. Eventually, you will determine the correct value for yourself.
- Stack Height: Height(or material) between your foot and the ground. You have to choose the value depending on whether you want to feel the ground or the cushioning.
Decide the type of Sole
Choose standard or trail outsole based on the track you are on which you are going to be running. Also, if there’s too much wear on the midsole, its time to be changing your shoes.
These were some of the tips from Ironman Mrigesh that you need to keep in your mind while purchasing. Make the correct decision until we meet next time.