Running is one of the most common exercises and people from all walks of life like to run. Running burns tons of calories, it’s nearly perfect for improving your cardio vascular health, and it strengthens your joints. The right shoes are vital to a healthy and successful run. If you head to your local athletic store there is a giant wall of shoes and picking the right ones can seem like a crap shoot. Let’s look at some of the mistakes that newbie runners make when buying shoes.
Looks aren’t everything
Fashion belongs on the runway and not the running track. Shoes that look good are great, but shoes that fit properly and support your foot and ankles are much better. Don’t get caught up in color and style rather go for something that won’t leave you with blistered or sore and irritated feet. There will still be lots of good looking shoes to choose from.
The right fit
You definitely don’t want shoes that are too tight on your foot, it can lead to some pretty horrible issues like blisters or black toenails. You may want tighter fitting shoes for everyday normal activities but not for running, then you want your shoes to be a bit looser. You want a little extra space in the front to make sure your feet are not getting squished. Leave roughly half an inch in the toes for the most comfortable run.
Replace your shoes regularly
A good pair of running shoes will last awhile but not forever. You will get somewhere in the 300-500 mile range before your shoes start breaking down. Don’t be stubborn and try and wear your running shoes until they are completely worn out. That’s when you start getting sore feet and yes you can get blisters from old sneakers. You may also start to notice the soles wearing unevenly or the insoles getting lumpy, then it is time to trade them in.
When to buy shoes
Yes the time of day that you try on shoes actually does matter. Your feet swell throughout the day, it is not much and you have probably never noticed it. However it will make a difference when it comes to getting properly fitting sneakers. So head to the running store after work instead of first thing on a Saturday morning, that’s when you will find the best fit.
Measure your feet
Don’t assume that you know your shoe size, every manufacturer sizes shoes slightly differently and you should get measured every time you get new shoes. Gaining and losing weight can also affect the size of your feet, so be prepared to try on several pairs before you score the perfect fit.