There seems to be a whole bunch of research out there telling us all of the things that we need to consider when buying a pair of running shoes. Marketing campaigns have blown up the whole process into a very scientific thing, and the media seems to be the only one who knows what shoe you should be wearing. Just look at the barefoot fad! Just because running barefoot feels great and leads to less injuries for certain people in the world definitely doesn’t mean that it’s for everyone. What if finding the right pair of shoes is more inherent than we thought, something that our body knows way more about than your sales person?
The British Journal of Sports Medicine just released a new article that basically debunks all of the former beliefs on what matters when picking a running shoe. Focusing on pronation, either under or over, isn’t necessary. And a specific shoe is not going to help lessen how hard your foot strikes the ground. If you take these two considerations out of the picture, a shoe store doesn’t actually have whole lot to go off of.
So, what is important when shopping around for the right running shoe? The answer is simple: comfort. Our bodies are very good at telling us what’s good for us and what will lower our risk of injury. While in the store, try on different shoes and take them on a test jog around the store. Approach the whole process like Goldilocks. She didn’t settle on the first or even second bed that she tried. Instead, she tested all of them until she found the bed that was “just right.” Similarly, you should find the shoe that feels “just right” to you. What feels the best on the balls of your feet, on your arch, and on your heel? Does the width of your foot fit comfortably and snugly in the shoe? Take the sales person out of the mix, and go by your instincts.
If you find the right pair of running shoes but are still experiencing injuries, your equipment may not be to blame. Instead, focus on what part of your running gait may be the problem. Need some help pinpointing the issue? FitnessTrainer.com is here to help you!