It doesn’t matter if you are running a marathon, targeting the local park, or just want to run around the block without leaving your lunch on the sidewalk. When you run, you need special running shoes. Unlike the dusty Dunlops in the attic, running shoes make kilometers easier, faster, and more comfortable, and can even help you avoid injury.
Fortunately, we benefit from a golden age of innovation, in which brands invest heavily in research and development and think outside the box in design. New midsole foams provide cushioning and energy recovery, carbon footplates drive us forward and woven tops with anatomically shaped tensioning elements weigh our feet like never before.
And there is a style that fits the substance. While retro runners feel the love for refined sneakers, new high-performance models appear as classics in the out-of-the-box style. With so many running shoes and sneakers with so different design and performance characteristics, however, finding the perfect fit for your specific needs and preferences can be difficult.
What kind of running shoes do you need?
To get the most out of your running, it is not enough that your shoes are only suitable for running. They have to be especially suitable for you as a runner. According to Jane Vongvorachoti, Olympic marathon runner and running trainer, it is crucial to find the right shoe for you. Don’t buy a shoe just because it’s “in” or because you see some top runners wearing it.
If you have the feeling like you are disappearing here in the biomechanics rabbit hole, you will be glad to hear that there may be a much easier solution. According to recent research by Professor Benno Nigg, director of the Human Performance Lab at the University of Calgary, your body knows best when it comes to choosing running shoes.
His studies showed and proved that the shoes that runners picked or chose solely because of their well-being were also the most efficient in terms of mileage and injury reduction. This is a scientific confirmation for the highly competitive wisdom generations of many experienced runners.
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Gentry said that comfort is the key. A runner should wear their trainers and feel like the trainers are an extension of their bodies. The shoes should hold and support where you want or need, they shouldn’t rub anywhere and they should feel like they are walking you with every step give back a little energy, not rigid underfoot.
Try to think about whether they can actually support your bow in the correct place. Make sure that they don’t slide off your heel, but move with your foot instead of pushing it in a different direction, and that you don’t kick your toes forward. Therefore, according to Kacamata Rayban, make sure to always buy running shoes that are half a size larger than your normal shoes. This will actually help save you some blackened toenails.