What are the best running shoes for you?

April 15, 2013

When it comes to going on a great run, it’s all about the shoe. Home fitness equipment like the TRUE PS800 Treadmill, which allows you to customize the firmness of your running surface with its Soft Selectâ„¢ system, can have a significant impact on the quality of your run. But in the end, if you don’t have the right shoe, you’ll be less comfortable during your exercise routine and more prone to injuries.

There are a number of incredible running shoes on the market today, so chances are you’ll be able to find one that feels like it was constructed just for you. First, consider your surface: You’ll need road running shoes if you plan on exercising on a fitness treadmill or pavement.

If you’re not entirely sure which way your ankle rolls (in or out) and whether you have high arches or flat feet, bring the pair of shoes you wear most often to your local running store. This will help the staff determine how your foot functions and make the right recommendations. Let them know what running surface you generally use and how often you exercise. As you try on different shoes, practice walking and running in them and pay attention to how they feel. Give the staff members feedback about how each shoe fits so they can adjust their recommendations accordingly.

Aside from going by feeling, you should also check to make sure that there is approximately a thumbnail’s length of room in the toe area to accommodate for swelling and running downhill. REI also recommends that you try on shoes at the end of the day when your feet are largest.

Don’t be afraid to be picky! Remember: You won’t be able to tackle your fitness routine without a great pair of running shoes. Blisters and ankle injuries are not conducive to having a great workout.