CHOOSING RUNNING SHOES

Sportsmart Footwear Manager, Ryan Meggs

Q. Why is it important to choose the correct running shoe?

When looking for a new pair of running shoes it is very important to select the right ones so that you get enough support and cushioning. Certain things will determine what is the best shoe suited to your needs such as your foot type and whether you roll in or not, how much running you do and what type of surfaces you run on.

Q. What are the key features to look for?

Depending on what foot type you have you will need certain key features. For example, a runner with a flat foot with no arch support will need a shoe that has a built up arch and lots of medial support to help correct over-pronation (rolling in). However, a neutral or supinated foot type will require a running shoe with plenty of cushioning and no medial support, which will assist the foot to cushion itself and help keep the foot nice and straight.

Some basic features to look for in a running shoe are a durable hard-wearing outsole, good stitching of the upper, medial support (if required) and a firm stable heel counter.

Q. What are the latest popular arrivals?

Most brands offer a new technical updated model every six months and a colour update every other six months. Some of the brands that produce top quality running shoes are Nike, Asics, Adidas, Brooks, Saucony and New Balance. With all of these brands offering different cushioning and supportive benefits, there is bound to be something to suit your foot.

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