Choosing the Perfect Running Shoes

March 29, 2018

It’s easy to be distracted by great designs or price tags, but choosing the perfect pair of running shoes is an important aspect of your running kit. One mistake people often make is buying a pair of shoes that are too small, only leading to blisters and black toenails, so bookmark this as a handy guide to the perfect shoes for the next time you’re ordering on Fitness Footwear.

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Width

The most obvious fit with comfort is the width- if your little toe is touching the sides or sitting on the edge of the insole, the shoes are too tight. The perfect pair should enable you to move side-to-side with your forefoot since your foot will swell during a run.

Length

Another obvious sizing issue is the length, but many people mistakenly head for a size lower since  we’re often used to close-fitting footwear. As your feet swell during a run, this means they also lengthen, so a thumb’s width between your longest toe and the end of your shoe is ideal. You should be able to wiggle your toes about too for a comfortable fit.

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Heel

You should be able to slide your feet out of a pair of laced up but not tied shoes so your heel is snug but not tight for some movement. Using the top eyelet reduces slippage to reduce irritation from movement.

Instep

If you can feel pressure or tightness around your instep, these are too tight. However, your shoes should feel secure around the instep, so an otherwise perfect shoe may just need a different lacing style to relieve pressure.

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Flex

Hold the heel and press the tip of your shoe to the floor- if your shoe bends along the line of your foot, they are perfect. If your shoes aren’t flexible, this can lead to calf strain or Achilles-tendon.