Choose his ‘pair of running”is often a difficult choice for many runners, especially because of the number of available models and the commercial onslaught of brands. How to find?Here are some simple tips to get it right…
In fact, this is not me who will give you advice to choose your shoes, but Jean-Marc, outdoor sports enthusiast (and hardware!) who delivers his advice in this article. I let him speak…
Choose his running shoes has become essential for the practice of running, whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider.
In my view, two main reasons are obvious to forcing you to pay attention to future purchases:
- Price: when you see now that the average price is around 130 euros, and some models are now rising at 200 euros, you can no longer make big mistakes, under penalty of not pleasing to your banker. And also, do not make you happy when you wander through the macadam or forest roads.
- The risk of injury: running shoes poorly adapted to your practice or simply a wrong choice on your part, can have more or less serious consequences on the whole of your body: tendonitis, contractures, sprains for benign until tearing injuries or strains to the most serious. Bad support of renewed at each ground impact during your strides of runners necessarily involve changes and implications in your skeleton and muscles of your feet up to your head.
And yet, many times, runners complain of their running shoes. I can’t count the times I heard “my foot compressed in these shoes”, “I find these heavy shoes, I’m not comfortable” or still “as soon as I put these shoes, I get blisters.
Worse still, when I question my runner friends, very few know if they pronateurs, supinator, if they have flat feet or hollow, what is their type of stride, etc.
So I decided to share my experience in writing a ‘running shoes guide’ in addition to skiing footwear featured on Philosophynearby.
But before set out you some of the precautions to take before buying your running shoes, I want to introduce myself and thank Nicolas for giving me the opportunity to write to you.
I’m Jean Marc, blogger for the site testers-Outdoor.com, a specialist in outdoor equipment, writes regularly about tests of shoes running or trails, backpack, and various accessories, also interviews trailers or managers of brands.
“Now that you know me a little better, I’d like to share with you some basic tips to my guide” how to choose running shoes, very simple to implement and help you to buy your running shoes.
A visit to a Podiatrist to sport
When we practice the running, especially if it’s assiduously as 3 times or more per week, knowing his feet is important. If you are unsure if you are pronator or supinator, if you do not know the shape of your foot (flat or hollow for example), the Podiatrist of the sport is the healthcare access. And don’t worry, nothing says that you will leave with orthopedic insoles
There are tricks, or rather the system D, to learn more about your feet. If you return your worn running shoes, glancing your bottoms if you notice wear is accentuated on the outer edge of the ball of your foot and your heels, you’re likely to be supinator.
Buy your running shoes in late afternoon
When you run, under the combined effect of chemical reactions and the heat from your body, your foot will grow and take an extra half size easily. When you go to buy a pair of running, it is very difficult to reproduce this effect.
However, you can bring closer you to your store in the evening. During the day, your feet will have undergone many constraints: standing posture, market, heat and compression in several hours work shoes. And when the evening comes, your foot is tired, feels the least hassle (feeling of the foot that rubs against the shoe), your foot comes close to the sensations and sports morphology. In other words, if you buy your running shoes in early evening, around 5 pm / 18 hours is the best time to do it.
Take a size above
This Council here stems from the previous. Now that you know that your foot will get bigger during your workouts or your competitions, it becomes imperative to take at least an extra half size compared to your size of city (or rest). This is especially true if you like the long distances like the marathon. Also, if you run in extremely difficult weather conditions, the Moroccan desert or temperatures over 30 degrees are good examples, your feet grow so fast.
Choose your running shoes based on your practice location
There are several criteria that must be taken into account at the time of your purchase, including this one:
Where shall I run? The surface on which you are going to evolve with these shoes already imposes you a choice. There are two categories:
For road and trail running shoes. If you run only on these surfaces, a labelled shoe ‘road’ will most certainly do. Trails being portions of Earth stabilized, with very few irregularities (though be careful where you put your feet), road shoes will suffice.
Where it gets complicated is when the path becomes steep, or encountered surface is very irregular and presents some dangers like roots, holes, rocks, river crossings, steep slopes…In these conditions, your preference will be given to trail running shoes that have the advantage of having soles outside more catchy (bigger spikes) as well as parts of the shoe reinforced (guard foot, side protection, etc.).
Prefer to tell universal running shoes
I know in advance that it is a Council that can make some ink. In stores, you often find running shoes for runners to stride pronatrice or universal, more rarely for the supinateurs, because they represent only 5% of the population.
However, first of all, he should know that each pronator or supinator is unique: the pathology is different for different individuals, it is more or less accentuated, and takes various forms of correction. And to know the degree of your ‘default’ you must go through the ‘Podiatrist’ box. He alone is able to precisely diagnose your case.
Then, footwear manufacturers can adapt their products to the specificity of the feet of each, so they propose course corrections, but they are minimal that even a universal rider can use! To convince you, I invite you to listen (or download or read) an interview that I did with the Podiatrist of sport Daniel Benjamin.
And you, what other tips would you like to share with us?
Do you have difficulties to choose your running shoes?