Running shoes are available in multiple brands and styles. Although most of these would make you feel comfortable when you put them on at a sports store, very few actually feel comfortable after you have run for several miles on a trail. The perfect running shoes can be bought when you consider the shape of your feet and the way you run.
There are different types of running shoes; while the road running shoes are useful for running on pavements and surfaces which may have some irregularities, trail running shoes are designed for running on off-road routes. Road running shoes are therefore flexible and lightweight and have a cushioning effect which helps to stabilize your feet when it moves on hard surfaces. The trail running shoes have aggressive soles which allow for solid traction and are designed to give more support and stability along with underfoot protection.
How to buy running shoes:
To buy the perfect running shoes, you must know your feet type. Although each of us is aware of his shoe size, one of the feet may be larger than the two and it is best to get the feet size measures at a shoe retailer using a Brannock tool. Feet size differs from one manufacturer to another and even from one model to another. Shape of the arch of your feet indicates the kind of shoes which is best for you. This is because the arch shapes the way you will run.
When you choose running shoes, you must consider your pronation which refers to how your feet land on the ground. This implies how your feet roll from toe to heel every time you walk or run. When the outer part of your foot takes maximum stress and you do not have an even stride, it is called underpronation. When the foot rolls from outside as you step forward and ends up inside, the motion is called overpronation. When the foot moves from outside the heels and rolls towards feet balls in the front and ends evenly, it is called neutral pronation.
Cushioning shoes give maximum shock absorption and are good for runners who are supinators or pronators. They are good also for neutral runners who may do off-pavement runs. The stability shoes decelerate pronation and are ideal for neutral runners showing moderate overpronation. Motion control running shoes have stiff heels and are ideal for runners showing moderate to acute overpronation.
To get the best pair of running shoes, you should read through customer reviews of different brands. Choosing a good pair is vital to prevent injuries from happening. It is not advisable to buy a pair of running shoes simply because of the brand name. You need to understand your style of running in order to buy the correct running shoes. Manufacturers have come out with different types of running shoes using different technologies and these support different kinds of athletes. When shoes do not fit you properly, you can end up getting injured. You should ideally get your running style analyzed by a professional and ask for his guidance in choosing the right footwear for you.