How to choose a shoe?

How to choose a shoe?

The choices of footwear in the shops is exhausting, choosing the best runners for yourself involves considering several factors that are specific to your individual needs and preferences. 

Today shoes can be soft, hard, flat, high, round at the toe box, square, maximalist and even non existent (minimalist).

To make it easy, we have listed the most practical things to consider, this should help narrow down your choice and improve your running success.

Here are some key considerations to help you choose the right runners:

1. Purpose: 

Determine the purpose for which you’ll be using the running shoes. Are you planning to run on roads, trails, or a mix of both? Will you be participating in long-distance running, sprints, or casual jogging? Different shoes are designed to excel in specific conditions and activities.

2. Foot Type:

Understand your foot type, as it plays a crucial role in selecting the right running shoes. There are three main foot types: neutral arch, low arch (flat feet), and high arch. You can consult a podiatrist or professional at a specialty running store to determine your foot type.

4. Cushioning, comfort and Support:

Consider the level of cushioning and support you require. Cushioning absorbs impact and provides comfort, while support helps with stability. This preference may vary depending on your body weight, running style, and personal comfort preferences. This is important, as it can be a great injury prevention step.

5. Size and Fit:

Ensure that you choose the correct shoe size and a snug fit. Your toes should have enough room to wiggle without feeling cramped, and there should be no excessive sliding or pressure points. Visit a reputable shoe store and try on different brands and models to find the best fit.

6. Brand and Reviews:

Explore different running shoe brands known for their quality and performance. Read reviews and seek recommendations from fellow runners or trusted online sources. Consider factors such as durability, breathability, traction, and overall customer satisfaction.

8. Budget:

Determine your budget range for running shoes. While it’s tempting to opt for cheaper options, investing in a good-quality pair can offer better durability and performance, reducing the risk of discomfort or injuries in the long run.

Remember, what works for someone else may not necessarily work for you. Experimentation and personal preference play a significant role in finding the best runners that suit your unique needs. If you are looking to change shoes, it is important to consider how your foot will change its behaviour!

Still unsure what shoes you should be wearing to protect your feet? Book an appointment with one of our podiatrists HERE!