How To Choose a Running Shoe: The Easy Way

By Tom Jeffery

Looking for a new running shoe? Don't know where to start? There are countless brands, styles, types, colors and everyone has an opinion as to what’s best. Here's the deal... No one can tell you what's best. Comfort is your guide and number one indicator of success.


The most valuable tool available when starting your search is a good sense of what you like. Included in what you like should be the type of shoe. While there is a lot of dogma in the running shoe world about correction for over pronation, there is little evidence to support its effectiveness.  Start with a neutral shoe (no correction) and let comfort be your guide. Here a couple of the most important factors that you should take into consideration as you start looking.


Fit
Fit doesn't have to be complicated. The shoe should be secure (not tight) on your heel and midfoot but roomy in the toes. Your foot shouldn't be wider than the base of the shoe anywhere and your toes shouldn't touch the end of the shoe. If you have to tie and retie the shoe or make any special insole accommodations, it doesn't fit well.


Cushion
Cushion is merely comfort. How do you know what's too much? Not enough? Run! Take a jog across the store or your living room, down the hall or on the treadmill. It doesn't have to be rocket science. You shouldn't sound like you are stomping the ground or feel like you are wobbling on a pile of pillows. If it feels natural and good on your feet, ankles, knees and hips then it should do the trick.


Keep it Simple
Don't let anyone tell you otherwise, picking a running shoe doesn’t need be hard. Your body was made to run, the shoe is not doing the work, it is there to compliment your movement. If the shoe fits the shape and size of your foot and feels good while running, then it's the right shoe for you!