Your feet are your foundations, so they need looking after. Your running shoes are probably the most important piece of gear you will buy, so here are some tips to help make your purchase easier.
There is much information and also sometimes mis-information written about running shoes. Shoes can basically perform three functions:
Protection from hard and uneven surfaces
Cushioning to minimise the shock experienced with every step
Extra support, if needed, to keep the feet stable
- Go to an independent specialist running shop like Run and Become, where the staff are all experienced runners and are very happy to spend time with you. They will look at the shape of your feet and watch you walking or running in several shoes from different companies to find a style of shoe with the right level of cushioning and support for you. They will also briefly ask about your running, and whether you just run for fun and fitness, or are training for an event, to help them recommend different shoes at different price points. There are also a range of models more suitable for off-road running. Check out this video with Tarit Adrian Stott from Run and Become in Edinburgh, as he explains how to choose running shoes...
- It's all about you. By all means discuss shoes with friends, and look at reviews for advice, but remember, like any consumer product, your friend's favourite shoe, or the most expensive shoe, or the shoe that has a 5 star review, may not always be the best fitting shoe for you. Let your feet be the judge from the different models you try on.
- Correct fitting is crucial. Running shoes are generally made smaller than your day-to-day shoes. Also you need more space at the toes to allow them to move freely, so don't be surprised if you end up with a size bigger than normal. A good shoe should also fit snugly around the midfoot and heel to prevent movement of the foot in the shoe.
- Take your old shoes with you if practical. They are an indelible footprint of all your running. An experienced sales person can look at them, and in seconds can see useful pointers to your running style.
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Majella ByrneSeptember 24, 2022 at 1:27pmLooking for running shoes for track training, when not wearing spikes. Is that the category Women's racing flats????? Reply
Nandanti MartaskovaSeptember 26, 2022 at 2:40pm
Thank you for your comment. You can use any of the lightweight road running shoes on the track. I would especially suggest to look at Saucony Kinvara 13.
Hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Lars Bo SorensenDecember 17, 2016 at 9:54pmI wish you would tell people whether the size you give for shoes is in UK size or US size Reply
Shankara SmithDecember 21, 2016 at 4:44pm
All the sizes on our website are UK except when the manufacturer only uses EU sizes, in which case we quote those. I take your point that this fact is not clear and we will take steps to address this pronto.
Thanks for your feedback and sorry I didn't respond sooner.
All the bestReply