How to Choose Running Shoes that Fit Correctly

Weather you are an avid runner or if you simply enjoy running from time to time, it is important to choose running shoes that fit correctly.

Some people really enjoy running. If running is one of your hobbies, it is important to choose decent running shoes. The correct type of running shoe can improve your performance and prevent injuries.

In order to find running shoes, you should go to a store that specializes in athletic shoes. Make sure that you shop for the shoes at the end of the day when your feet are swollen to their largest size.

Also, make sure to bring your old running shoes. The sales person will be able to determine your basic type of gait and the wear and tear that occurs on your shoes. This will help the sales person to determine what type of shoe you need.

You should also bring along a pair of the type of socks that you wear when you run.

When trying on the new shoes, make sure the insoles provide your feet with proper support. You should always favor injection-molded soles over compression-molded soles. Injection molded soles provide more shock absorption than compression-molded soles.

Even if you find a really great pair of shoes, you may still have to buy separate insoles for more support.

When trying on the shoes, make sure you test the flexibility of the front of the shoe by pushing off the floor on the ball or your foot, or otherwise, what is usually known as "bouncing up an down" on the front of your feet. If you aren't sure what this is, think about how some people bounce on their feet when waiting in order to keep moving in some way.

Also, when trying on the shoes, make sure that there is a thumb's width between the front of the shoes and your longest toes. Remember that while your big toes are often your longest toes, some people do have second toes that are actually a little bit longer than their big toes. Also make sure that the widest part of your feet sits comfortably against the sides of the shoes and are not squished by it.

While not common, some athletic shoe stores have treadmills. If the store has a treadmill, try running on it in different pairs of shoes that you are considering. Remember that due to the swelling that occurs during running, running shoes are often a half size larger than your regular size. If you are deciding between two sizes, go with the larger size so you will not have to be concerned about getting the wrong size shoe.

Remember to replace your running shoes as soon as they wear out. This usually happens between running 300-500 miles.