I like running because it gives me the opportunity to challenge myself each time as well as enjoying the “runner’s high” that I sometimes get. One thing that is certain is that you need the proper running shoe if you plan on adding running to your workout routine. I’ve tried running in an old pair of tennis shoes lying around the house and my feet did not appreciate it! There are so many on the market and so many brands to choose from, you may wonder what are some of the basic requirements to look for in a good running shoe. Below are my personal basic requirements:
For me, cushioning is probably the most important when considering a running shoe. When you run, your running shoes need to be able to absorb the shock of your body weight every time your foot hits the ground. Make sure your shoe has adequate cushioning in the heel as well as in the forefoot.
Like a tire, your running shoes need to have good tread. How thick the tread depends on the type of running you’re doing. Trail running shoes have a much different tread than a regular running shoe for the roads. The tread can also vary according to where you wear it out the most – in the heal or more of the forefoot? Some running shoes have tread that cater to the various needs of runners.
You definitely don’t want an overly stiff feeling in your running shoes. I’m most comfortable with a light and flexible shoe myself. You need your running shoe to flex in right places and feel comfortable with each stride. Some stiffness is good but where it occurs depends upon your own preference.
Now, just like flexibility, I still like my running shoe to have some stiffness. I like the shoe to feel stable just as well as being light and flexible. I have a pair of running shoes that I consider “too stiff.”
There are a whole lot of other considerations when it comes to purchasing a good running shoe. Your foot arch is a big consideration, any existing foot problems, as well as how often you run and where. A running shoe store would have the answers to your most common questions.