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Choosing running shoes is a very important consideration for any runner.
It's something that you need to consider carefully as this will be your biggest expense and perhaps the one element that can seriously reduce the likelihood of suffering from injuries.
Bear in mind that if you do a lot of running, your feet and joints will be under a lot of impact, you'll place thousands of footsteps on the ground during a typical running session.
Choosing running shoes that fit and give you adequate support in all the right places for your particular running gait. Unfortunately there isn't a pair of running shoes that exists that is perfect for everyone. Different people require differently fitting running shoes.
After all if you're a little heavier, or run with your feet turned in or out, have high or low arches, then you have a different requirement to others who have alternative needs to you.
Ensuring the correct fit when choosing running shoes is the most important factor as a slight problem, such as extra support in an area where you don't need it can potentially realign your entire body in a negative way. Running when your joints are placed in this position on a regular basis can lead to long term injuries. It's not just your ankles that can be affected, but also your knees, hips and spine. So choose wisely, don't just pick up a pair that you like the look of.
Ideally you should visit a specialist running store to have your gait analyized. They will do this by using a treadmill with and sensor pad and computer linked together. This can show the areas on your feet which contact the ground first, the heaviest and where you push off from. This is very useful and has only been available for the last few years or so. Also the vast range of running shoes has only just been updated to included to a wide range of fits and shapes.
You will tend to find that a certain brand will be good for your feet and style of running when choosing running shoes and no matter what shoes you choose in their selection will also be good. However this isn't a set rule, so you need to check first just to make sure.
Also a good point to consider is that if you've had a really good pair of running shoes in the past that you want to replace, why not buy the same or a newer updated version of the same brand and type. The reason for this is that your body will have become accustomed to the way the old trainers hold and support your feet and body.
Choosing running shoes is not the time to get fashionable or be influenced by designer labels. Instead think practical and efficient. So colours and shape really are of a secondary importance. Getting the best fitting running shoes is the most important part of the equation to get right when buying both running shoes and any other running clothing, waterproof and thin layers are the best bet here.
Running shoes come in three main forms – control, support and cushioned.
For people who run with their feet turned inwards and heavier runners. These types of footwear are normally more robust and combine extra support to help reduce the risk of injury.
Support shoes are designed to be worn by runners who are classed as having a neutral foot plant. The theory behind this fit is to limit the amount of inward rolling of the feet when planting and taking off with each step.
The principle behind the cushioned running shoe is that they are a little softer underfoot therefore allowing for a slightly raised arch and for those who tend to run more on their toes. These are the least supportive of shoes.
Take your time choosing running shoes as it will be the most you spend on your hobby, generally speaking the more you.