The single most important part of the running gear is the pair of running shoes you will invest in.
Good running-shoes are necessary for shock absorption, to avoid injuries and to be comfortable while running.
It is best to go to a specialty running store and get fitted for the shoes. It may be beneficial if you take an old worn pair of shoes with you to the store. This will give the expert fitting staff an indication of how your foot functions depending on the wear of the shoe.
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Our feet tend to swell during the normal course of the day, so it is advisable to make a purchase during the latter part of the day as opposed to early morning. Wear the socks you normally wear for running when you visit the store.
The shoe-fitting specialist will perform a series of measurements and tests (including watching you walk) to determine which type of shoes would be right for you. Shoes for running can be classified into three basic shoe types: cushion, stability and motion control. Depending on how you pronate, you may be more comfortable in running in one particular type of a shoe.
After the measurements, most of the stores will suggest multiple options: at least two to three different brands of shoes for your feet. The best option is to try on each of these suggested pairs, walk in them and jog in them. After you try on each of the pairs, you will know which one works best. It is the feel you will get after the trial jog. Most of the running specialty stores have a 30-day return policy during which you may exchange the pair for another one. Please check the store policy before buying a pair from them.
The shoe size suggested is usually larger than the shoe size you normally wear. The added room is necessary to give room for your feet and toes - they swell a little during a long run. It may seem awkward at first but soon you will like the extra room in your running shoes. Use of custom orthotics for shoes for running is optional - lots of options of over-the-counter orthotics are also available. While getting fitted, wear the running socks you would normally wear for running.
There is no best shoe for running per se - every runner has different biomechanics and a different style. The best shoe is obtained when you match the characteristics of the runner to the characteristics of the shoes. Brand names here can be extremely misleading. Besides Nike, Adidas, Asics you will see Mizuno, Brooks, Saucony, New balance and some other brands of shoes made specifically for running.
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One additional tip - lot of runners rotate between two pairs of shoes for running. Using two pairs helps you in replacing running shoes less frequently. If you get fitted in a shoe from a running store, you can save on the second pair.
Order the second pair online. It will be at a discounted price as compared to the first one. Lot of online stores also offer different colors for a specific shoe - the running store is limited in terms of its color selection for a specific shoe. Use your running-shoes for running only.
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