Four principles for buying perfect running shoes


◼️ You must have a try-on experience before buying. Comfortable wearing is always the first principle

Although it is very convenient to buy shoes online and there are many price concessions, when determining a shoe, you can’t just look at the price, style and color. You must go to the physical store to try it on.

The feeling of putting on the foot can tell if the sole is too hard, if the shoe shape is too tight, and if the cushioning is soft. Other people’s evaluations can never replace their own feelings, especially when runners need to wear it for training and competition for thousands of kilometers. It is blind to place an order without trying it on.

If conditions permit, it is best to put on two shoes for a jog. A suitable running shoe is like an extension of the foot, which can distribute the weight of the runner to each step of the landing and continue to push the next step forward. Experienced runners call this experience a “smooth pace”, which is how a runner should feel for a perfect running shoe.

◼️ Try on shoes later in the afternoon or evening

This is a general principle for buying shoes. The feet are most stretched throughout the day during this time period. When running, the feet will also stretch and swell, so you can try on shoes at this point in time to know exactly what size fits your feet.

◼️ Don’t buy shoes that fit too well, even in the afternoon

A common mistake is to choose shoes that just fit your feet, which is actually not good for runners. Shoes that are too close to your feet will be more likely to grind out blisters after running for a long time, causing other problems. It is best to choose 0.5 to 1 cm more than the longest toe. This will give the foot more room for movement when running, and the shoes will better match the movement of the foot muscles, such as arms making fingers.

◼️ Check the flexibility of the shoe

Try to pull the forefoot of the shoe and pull it from the toe to the tongue. A good running shoe should have a stable midsole support, which can be easily bent, but will maintain a certain angle, just like the movement of the toes every time you step.

Excessive softness is not a good choice, it requires stronger muscle control. For novice runners and people with heavier weight, wearing shoes that are too easy to bend are more likely to be injured.

The soles of shoes that are not easy to bend are too hard, and the shock absorption and cushioning during running are slightly weaker, and the wearing comfort is poor. This is similar to the feeling that people with high arches have hard feet, are impacted by the ground, and lack sufficient cushioning.

Shock-absorbing running shoes are more suitable for people who land on the forefoot and outer palm when running. These shoes can help absorb shocks and make running more efficient and comfortable. Stable running shoes are suitable for those who have a little inverted foot. The internal support system of the shoe allows them to correct the landing position of the foot during running.

For different runners, they have different physiological characteristics and running styles, and naturally they will not be the same in the matching of running shoes. Which is better depends on the arch structure, wearing feeling and running experience.

A pair of suitable running shoes can support a runner for 800 kilometers, or about half a year of training. After that, the midsole and outsole are generally worn out, which will affect the feeling of running on the road, lose their protective effect, and increase the risk of injury. Although there are always runners telling me, the important thing is the physical fitness and strength of the runners. I agree with this point, but this does not deny the important role of running shoes in supporting and protecting functions, not to mention the extent to which a good runner can break through with suitable running shoes.

Therefore, if you are serious about running, you should also be serious about choosing running shoes.