Finding fitting running shoes that are of good quality offers you comfort and serves you for quite a long time without having to replace them. It also protects you from pain, aches and injuries. Before going to find a suitable pair of running shoes, you should know what type of feet you have to narrow down to some specific styles meant for your type.
Below are some major considerations you should put in mind when finding the best running shoes for yourself or best boots for walking on concrete.
- The heel
Basically, your heel should fit comfortably and the shoe should offer protection against cold to prevent numbness. You should be able to slide your feet out when the shoes are laced up but not tired.
Sometimes your feet might swell and lengthen when you run for long distances so ensure that the shoe leaves a thumb’s width between your longest toe and the front part of the shoe. Your toes too should move up and down freely.
Press the tip of the shoe on the ground to note where it creases and bends. This exact point should be aligned with the point at which your foot flexes to prevent pain and plantar fasciitis. These problems hinder flexibility resulting to calf strain and Achilles-tendons.
You should be able to move your foot side to side without any difficulties. To know whether the shoe is too narrow, you will feel the base of you last toe sitting on the edge of the shoe.
- Running surface
Bear in mind the type of terrain you will be running on mostly. Road shoes or treadmill are designed for both hard and smooth running areas like paved trails and roads. Trail shoes are for uneven surfaces to boost your stability and prevent your feet from dangerous roots and rocks. Racing flats take time before the feet fully adjust to them and have little pudding but are very flexible.
- Foot pronation
This is simply how the foot rolls in or out when it gets into contact with the ground. Over pronation is when the feet rolls inwards and may cause strains on both your feet and legs. Under pronation is when it rolls outwards which tends to cause high arches on the toes. Normal pronation is the most common and occurs when the feet pronates normally, best suited with stability shoes that are more flexible.