Jan 15, 12
It is not always easy buying new things that are needed or wanted. The same can be said about purchasing the perfect running shoe as there are so many different ones to choose from. It is best to take your time and get the perfect shoe for your foot.
Everyone’s feet are different but unless shoes are custom made, they only have certain traits that can make them worth purchasing. These traits are the amount of cushion, how stable they are and if they can help to control motion. There are differences in each trait which can be expanded upon.
Cushion – These shoes are perfect for those with high arches. They do not support side to side movement so they are better for those who are doing long distance running and only running in a mostly forward direction. The way you move your foot when running is also going to determine if these shoes are going to be a good choice.
Stability – This type of shoe is perfect for those who do not have any issues with their arch. It is a middle ground shoe and those who run in a normal fashion can find that they are stable enough while still adding in the cushion and support that is wanted. When all else fails, they are a good choice for nearly everyone.
Controlling Motion – Those who do not have strong ankles or who have an off balance running gait are going to want to purchase these types of shoes as they offer more support than other types of running shoes. Even those who do not have these issues but who want that added support that motion control shoes can offer are going to appreciate the added cost of this feature.
While these are just a few of the categories available, it is a great foundation for finding the perfect running shoe. Each trait of shoe can also have sub categories that allow for double the function. For instance, a motion control running shoe can also offer extra cushion to help those who need more padding. The best way to know what type of running shoe you are going to need would be to take your old running shoes to the store with you so the salesperson can look at them and see where the major wear in them is. This can help them determine where you need the most support and what type of running shoe is going to suit your needs.