This article was published on January 13th, 2014
The most important piece of gear for all runners are running shoes. With so many different styles, brands, types and colours, that when it comes time to buy new running shoes, it can be difficult to know what shoe is right for you.
The best way to get started is to visit a shoe store that specializes in running gear, like Running Room. The staff at the Running Room are professionally trained experts that can help you select the right running shoe for the type of running you will be doing. Through a series of quick and easy movements, called a gait analysis, the expert can determine if you require a motion control, cushioning or stability shoe.
When trying on shoes, they should feel perfect from the moment you put them on. If there is any kind of discomfort or irritation, then the shoes are not right for you. With a trained expert you should be able to find the right pair of shoes in under 30 minutes.
Running shoes last about 500 kilometers. For a runner training for a marathon, this means going through a pair of shoes every two or three months. Most marathon runners have two or more pairs of shoes they run in throughout training, specific for long or short distance training runs. Half marathon, 10km, and casual runners should be changing shoes no less than once every six months. Shoes need to be replaced frequently because the support breaks down very quickly, which can cause your gait to go out of alignment. Running shoes that go beyond 500km / 6 months use can result in running injuries including shin splints, lower back pain, tired calves, and more.
It’s also important to only run in shoes that made specifically for running. Running shoes have special fabrics, glues, foam and other technology to protect the foot and prevent injuries. A quality running shoe, for instance, pushes water out of the inside of the shoe, leaving the foot dry. A runner should be able to run right through a puddle, and when combined with technical fabric running socks, have a completely dry foot within just a few minutes.