Choosing the right pair of running shoes can make all the difference. With so many brands, styles, and functions, the options for shoe wear are endless! However, it’s important to pick the right pair for your feet to avoid injuries and discomfort while exercising. If you're not sure how to purchase running shoes or if you're not convinced you need to retire your current pair, follow these tips to make sure you're running with the right shoes!
1. Change your running shoes every 300-500 miles
If you’re noticing that your trusted pair of running shoes doesn’t feel the same anymore and it’s impacting your exercise, you may want to consider replacing your shoes. Our friends at Rhode Runner say that there are a few tell-tale signs that your shoes are wearing out. They advise you to check the foam on the sides of the shoe, from heel to toe, to see how compressed it feels. If you notice that the sole of the shoe feels flat, it’s time to look for a new pair! To avoid pain and discomfort, a good rule of thumb is to change your running shoes every 300-500 miles, not just based on how long ago you bought them.
2. Save your running shoes for running
Since we know that you want to keep your running shoes for 300-500 miles, it’s important to think about how you’re using them. Many times, running shoes are an investment, so treat them like it! If you like to wear sneakers while you’re out and about, find a pair of casual sneakers that will keep your feet comfortable and supported at a lower price tag. When you keep the purpose of your running shoes to simply running, you’re extending the life of your shoes, which means that you have to replace them less often!
3. Rotate out 2 pairs of running shoes
Dedicated and experienced runners may benefit from rotating out 2 pairs of running shoes. Rotating shoes will give the foam on each sole enough time to decompress so it can best support your feet. If you’re a frequent runner, you may choose to rotate a few pairs of shoes depending on the type of run, the terrain, and the time in between runs. Not only will this extend the life of the shoe, but it will also decrease the risk of injury in the runner!
4. Get fit by a professional
If you’re a new runner and would feel more comfortable with a second opinion, go into a shoe store and ask a professional. It’s important that you buy shoes that work best with your feet, not just ones that your friends use! Make sure the professional watches you run to see if the shoe fits and moves as it should. They can offer you guidance on the best shoes to purchase for the way you walk or run. We recommend visiting Rhode Runner and Wakefield Running Company to purchase your shoes.
5. Try the shoe before you buy it
You may have developed brand loyalty, but brands change their new sneakers slightly each year. That’s why it’s so important to try on the shoe before you buy it. However, purchasing a pair of shoes is different in the Coronavirus pandemic. Always check with your local retailer to find out their return policy for online purchases or if you can come into the store to try on a pair of shoes.
For runners of every experience level, finding a pair of running shoes to feel natural to your feet can help you feel more comfortable exercising and decrease your risk of injury.