If you think purchasing a running shoe from a massive retail outlet – one that sells clothing, makeup and a host of other accessories – is the right thing to do, think again. One of the worst things that you can do is go into one of these stores, pick a shoe off the shelf and pay for it. You may just end up damaging more than your feet.
Running specific stores – such as The Sweat Shop found around Joburg and Cape Town – are your best bet. They not only make you try the shoe on, but make you run around in order to gauge your running style. Everyone runs differently, therefore a generic shoe is not the best option.
What is of vital importance is to know which way your foot pronates (these specialised running stores will ensure that they find the ideal shoe for you and your pronation). Pronation is basically the way your foot rolls when you walk or run. You’ll either fall into neutral pronation, underpronation or overpronation.
The width, length and weight of the shoe is also of importance. As you run your foot naturally expands so it needs an extra bit of room in order to do this. Make sure your shoes don’t fit too snugly otherwise you won’t be enjoying your run. Try invest in a light-weight pair of shoes as it’ll make your run that more enjoyable.
Don’t forget that the correct socks to use will running is also of importance. Keep in mind that everyone is different, so while thicker socks may work for your partner, thinner ones may be ideal for you. Play around with various ones during training and you’ll find what works for you.
Author: Justine Olivier