Top 4 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Running Shoes
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Published by TOP4 Team
Running is one of the most accessible fitness activities that you can try. Unlike other fitness activities that require a sizeable investment in gear, you're practically set with a decent pair of running shoes. Of course, you can buy running clothes, a water bottle, a fitness tracker and other accessories, but more or less, these are not required to enjoy running.
It cannot be overstated that finding the right running shoes is essential. Using trainers or other types of sneakers can hamper your performance and even lead to otherwise preventable injuries. If you must splurge, buy the best running shoes that you can afford.
If you have decided to give running a try and you are planning to buy your first pair of running shoes, here are the top four mistakes that you need to avoid.
Choosing looks over feel and fit
Not that a good looking pair is bad for you. However, looks alone should not be your main basis for buying a pair of running shoes. After all, what's the use of a good looking pair if it hurts your feet or causes injuries?
Buying a pair that's too small
Some runners prefer running shoes that are snug. However, if your shoes are too small for you, you risk getting blisters and black toenails. How do you know when you have the right fit? Ideally, your toes should move with great ease while there should be ample room for the forefoot.
Shoe shopping in the morning
Your feet are smaller in the morning and if you buy shoes at this time, you are more likely to buy a pair that is actually small for you. Typically, your feet get to their actual size by 4 p.m. and won't get any bigger. If you are going shoe shopping, schedule it later in the afternoon or evening.
Assuming that all brands have the same size
If you are a 9 in Nike, does that mean that you are a 9 in Adidas, New Balance, Saucony, Brooks or other top brands? No. Take note that your size in one brand will be different in another brand. This is due to different factors, including the shape of the shoes and their stitching. Make sure that you get yourself fitted and try each pair before buying.
Many of these mistakes can be easily avoided by going to a specialty running shop which has knowledgeable staff who can help you make better choices.
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