29 Jan If The Shoe Fits!
Most people do not realize–or underestimate–the importance of investing in a good pair of running shoes. Good running shoes will do two things and provide two benefits: comfort and protection from injury.
So you run on down to your local running shoe store and see that great wall of running shoes, the amazing range, choice of colours, styles, features and benefits and your head starts to spin. You ask yourself: “What do I need to run comfortably and stay injury free?” The “great wall” has shoes with all sorts of technical features with each seeming to outdo the other with claims for stability, cushioning, support and whatever else there may be. What’s a runner to do?
If you’re lucky, a knowledgeable sales person who kind of looks like a runner asks you what type of shoe do you need? The best running shoes are shoes that will be kind and gentle on your feet throughout any running exercise. This benefit will reflect itself immediately after a workout, when the way your feet feel is a good indication of whether you have the right pair of running shoes or not.
There is only the best running shoe for you. Because each runner is unique in how much they train, and their running style, there is no “perfect” running shoe. The best running shoe for you depends entirely on the shape of your foot, your bio-mechanics and on the amount of running you do. Running shoes are designed to protect your feet from the road, provide traction on different surfaces, cushion the landing shock and support your feet. Not too much to ask, or is it?
A snug and well-shaped fit that is tailored to your foot as much as possible is desirable. A good pair of running shoes will also make your foot feel lighter as you run, and a reason for this is because of how well it takes to the shape of your foot. You should not feel any rubbing against your heel. These days, many athletic shoe stores provide in-store machine tests which show your foot type and, consequently, what type of running shoe best fits you. The Athletes Foot is an amazing store that prides itself on its customer service and the product knowledge and training of their staff- they will individually assess you by questioning, observation and their “Fitzi” machine in order to accurately match the right pair of running shoes to you and your needs. FITZI is arriving in stores – experience it now. | The Athlete’s Foot Blog
Selecting a good pair of running shoes comes down to pronation. This term simply refers to the degree your foot rotates toward the inside when you run. There are two kinds of runners: One who has too much pronation (whose foot rotates too much while running) and one who has insufficient pronation (whose foot barely rotates inward when running). The best way to get a pair that is right for you is by visiting a shoe store that emphasizes selling running shoes. These stores usually have a knowledgeable staff that will even let you try running around in the shoe.
Running shoes are designed to handle the shock of 2.5 times your body weight that is created by the impact each time your foot strikes the ground. When you’re running, you want to have excellent cushioning in both the heel and forefoot to handle this impact. If you plan on running three times a week or more, move up to a real running shoe.
And don’t forget you need to LOOK FAST of course. OK, really, running shoes provide the best protection for your feet, legs and body from the repeated stress of thousands of foot landings per Km. Each time you take a stride and land, your foot has to absorb two to three times your body weight. This repeated impact is different from other sports. Running shoes have built-in features that enable you to run day after day more comfortably and with less chance of over-use injury.
Here are some of the advantages of real running shoes:
- Superior Cushioning
- Flexibility in the right places
- Stability or Motion control
- Traction on road or trails
- Tortional stability – stiff where needed
- Night-time reflectivity
So make sure you invest in a good pair of running shoes and hit the road!
Here is a top suggestion from Nike-
Nike Flyknit Lunar2: RUNNING SHOE
The Nike Flyknit Lunar2 delivers a micro engineered Nike Flyknit upper on top of a lightweight, responsive cushioning system that feels like you’re running on clouds. The Nike Flyknit upper provides support and ventilation, opening up through the toe and allowing heat to be released while running. Nike Flywire cables cradle the foot for a supportive lockdown. The Nike Flyknit Lunar2 delivers the ideal blend of breathability and comfort in a natural ride.
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