Tips for choosing your running shoes

Tips for choosing your running shoes

We look over some advice for choosing your running shoes!

As you know, the behaviour of the foot in an exercise as biological as running is hugely important: it’s the only support and force transfer base to the ground we have to move.

So the footwear we use needs to be appropriate, fitting well to our needs

Shoes are not corrective… but they help

Possibly the most important thing to consider is that our choice is oriented towards comfort and the terrain we usually run on, rather than our own footstep.

And I say the latter because if the positions of our joints and main structures – the feet, knees, hips, ribcage and scapular system – are interrelated, the moment any one of them becomes dysfunction, due to any functional compensation, it will interfere with the positioning and function of the others.

Type of footstep

This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take into account whether we are pronators or supinators when choosing them, but if we know the cause of the foot tilt is probably due to some muscular and/or structural compensation, this tilt can be modified.

Footprint type

That’s why we shouldn’t think that a shoe perfectly adapted to our footstep will free us from future possible injuries, although the risk of suffering them, at least, is minimised

In my opinion, it doesn’t really make sense. Those ‘failures’ in human anatomy are natural, that’s why if it happens to you, even from birth, it’s because there is some alteration of other muscular-skeletal structures

What should we take into account when choosing our shoes?

One thing is clear, and it’s that if we come in to this world with nothing on our feet, it means they are prepared to function as they are, though this doesn’t mean they’ll adapt to our lifestyle, we protect them inside a shoe, obviously.

The problem comes when we start to take the morphological nature of their structure out of context by using trainers that don’t offer us the ergonomics we need at all:

By ergonomics we mean the design of items to match the physiological, anatomical, psychological characteristics and the capabilities of the user

A clear example is that if we’re not growing a heel on our heel, then it doesn’t make sense to acquire shoes that have a higher sole in the back compared to the front, which causes our centre of gravity to move towards the front, which is unnatural.

But be careful, there will be some people who need this inclination – because it’s more comfortable for them when running and/or it avoids certain discomfort in the joints – but at the end of the day, it’s to accommodate their dysfunctions so as not to suffer pain

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Neutral footstep

Although we all, to a greater or lesser extent, suffer from different functional variations, and this translates into different ways of running, this doesn’t necessarily have to be so, as we’re all the same species, made up of the same parts.

Running

em>That’s why I think it’s key that, even if we adapt the shoes to our particular anatomical needs, the trend over time is for neutrality

If this means doing separate work to correct these dysfunctions, so much the better, we’ll gain in technique and performance too

Choose the shoes according to your needs

Returning to the subject in question, we nearly always look for an attractive design, from a famous brand, and often that it’s fashionable too, and it doesn’t matter if we have to spend a fortune on them. And this isn’t so bad, but at the end of the day, we’re buying the trainers for a specific purpose, and we need them to fulfil their function correctly and help us enjoy what we like:

running.

Here are some good tips to keep in mind when picking yours

Tips for buying running shoes

Go to a specialised store

The staff are well informed and will be able to advise you according to your anatomical characteristics and your particular needs

A good expert will look at the shape of your feet and take into account characteristics such as your weight, where you run running, and how many kilometres you run per week.

Running shoes models

Make sure to try different models, and different brands too, until you find the most comfortable pair.

With this information above, the sales assistant should be able to advise on on which model is best in terms of stability, cushioning, flexibility and weight of the shoe, bearing in mind that the more protection there is then the more weight too

They shouldn’t be too loose or too tight

Half a centimetre should be left between your longest toe and the end of the shoe

If the tip of the shoe is too narrow, your toes will be squeezed in, resulting in nail problems, lack of stability, overheating, etc. If, on the other hand, there’s too much space at the end, blisters may appear.

Don’t forget that all shoes are manufactured in series, and some peoples’ feet don’t fit the standardised measurements.

Feet

So be patient, and even if your feet are very wide or the bridge is very steep, there will always be a pair of shoes to fit you

Walk around the shop with them so you can see if you feel comfortable in them, and if the shoes have any parts or defects that might bother you.

Shoes always need to be tried on on both feet

Because there is always one bigger than the other

If your feet are uneven, you should always be guided by the size of the larger foot, and if the other foot’s shoe doesn’t fit, you can always use insoles (although I’m not in favour of it) or a thicker sock.

Never let yourself be influenced by the brand of shoe or the design, as you should only choose the ones that best suit your needs

Choose the most suitable type of laces

Depending on the height of your instep, you might be better off with one type of lacing or another: skip lacing, crossed on the outside, crossed on the inside, skipping some eyelets, so that the running shoes hold our feet properly without causing undue pressure.

Adjust shoe laces

If you use trainers with some incline, try, over time and progressively, to adapt to some with a flatter sole, without a difference between the heel and the toe

We hope these tips help you find the shoes best adapted to your circumstances, and that nothing gets in the way of your run!

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Carlos Sánchez
Carlos Sáchez is passionate about nutrition and sports. With a Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, he always tries to give a practical use to different theories.
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