How to Choose Running Shoes

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Whether you are a beginner or accomplished sportsman, choosing his pair of sneakers is paramount.

The choice of a running shoe depends on 3 main factors according to Zipcodesexplorer:

The morphology of the rider (rather heavy, rather light)

  • The morphology of its feet (Universal, supination or pronation)
  • the use of the boot (path, road, trail, long distances, competition …)

The adequacy of these elements will help to choose the right shoe, and thus ensure your feet all the care and attention they need.

To ensure a good start, choose a suitable model:

With each stride, it is between three and five times the body weight that must support the body. The choice of a running shoe or trail / quality running must ensure amortized 100% effective to avoid the discomfort and especially potential injury; and this on all practiced land (food, roads, paths, rocky, rough …) and in all environments.

The writing tip: always choose one size above the usual size to keep the running comfort, even after several kilometers.Indeed, the foot runner stretches during races. Your feet are an ally should not be overlooked, regardless of your sport (running, hiking, trail …) and intensity (training, competition …)!

What is my foot type?

  • I have a universal foot:

You have feet that are naturally stable, as 50% of runners. For you, the best shoes are those for universal foot to gain a perfect stability.

  • I have a pronator foot:

You have feet that are naturally oriented towards the inside, as 40% of runners. For you, the best shoes are those for pronator feet, see hyperpronateurs (for heavy-called riders).

  • I have a foot supination:

You have feet that are naturally oriented towards the outside, as 10% of runners. For you, the best shoes are the models adapted to supinators feet, however, given their rarity, you can also opt for a shoe for universal feet.

What is my profile?

We defined the profile according to your weight:

  • for men: +/- 80 kg
  • for women: +/- 60 kg

Up to 80 kg for men (60 kg for women), you have a choice. In addition, you need to focus appropriate models (over 80kg or all weight). These models have enough cushioning and durability to protect against shocks. They also last longer.

For what frequency? What running time?

You must set your number of sessions per week, distance per session and total mileage. Associated with your profile, it will allow you to make a choice:

  • cushioning and stability for training and long distances
  • dynamism (so light) for competition and training runs.

My advice: for a marathon, it is better to focus cushioning and comfort, while for 10km or half marathon, the preferred lightness and stabilité.Si you run 2/3 times a week (30 to 40 km ), the first models of the drive is all you need. By cons, if you run 5/7 times a week (50 to 80 km), then you will need more technical models

What type of terrain?

  • road (tarmac)
  • roads and paths (stabilized path or undergrowth)
  • rough terrain (nature trails)

Depending on the type of terrain on which you will run, you will orient your choice on suitable models:

  • On the road, good cushioning is important.
  • On the way, a good foot (stability) is important.
  • On rough terrain, the grip of the sole, materials (gore-tex) and protection are important

When change of running shoes?

Shoes wear out naturally. They therefore lose their initial properties (cushioning, stability, dynamism). In general, it is advisable to change pair of shoes from 1,200 km, with a transition period not hit the foot. Do not wait until the last moment at the risk of injury.

  • It is customary to change every 6 months shoes (at 3 times a week).
  • If you run 50 km / week, you will have to change shoes every 6 months.
  • If you run more than 80 km / week, change every 3 months.

Do not forget that the competition-oriented models wear out much faster (change every 400 km).

The more info: Many riders use two pairs of shoes, one for training and particularly on long distances, one for competition and training on short (split sessions). It adapts shoes to its use and to limit the effect of wear.