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The Best Shoes For Running

Updated on June 15, 2011

Why Bother

 Ok so you had a very indulgent Christmas and the new year was a round of parties and drinking,im sure you made new years resolutions and i bet for probably at least 50% of you it was to get fitter and lose a few pounds,and if that was the case i bet at least another 50% of you were thinking of starting to go running,well that's good but what you are going to need without a doubt are shoes that are right for you and your feet otherwise serious injury could occur.Not just you runners but any kind of fitness work at the gym or on the road could be benefited from having a good pair of runners.I will give you some of the different types of running shoe below and remember there is not a best overall running shoe,it is about finding the right one for you.

Feet

Every one's feet vary and by knowing what type of foot you have gives you a huge advantage when trying to buy the right kind of footwear for running,the type of feet pretty much fall into three categories dependant on the way you run and the way your foot strikes the floor,the range of shoes also fall into three categories in order to combat this and the categories are cushioning, stability and support.Now cushioning helps you if you have a high arched foot,stability shoes help if you have a normal foot and motion control shoes will help your feet if you have a flat foot.You need to make sure you find out what kind of feet you have(that sounds weird) and then buy the correct running shoe to fit.

Cushioning

These shoes help if you have a high arched foot,if your not sure if you have or not then simply take notice when getting out of the shower or when you have hot feet simply step onto a tiled floor and see the impression left by your feet,it will clearly show that not much of your foot comes into contact with the ground compared to normal feet.The cushioning prevents impact injuries on your feet and higher up to your knees by supporting the foot in the areas where there is not much contact with the ground,this aids your running and prevents you gaining an injury that could stop you running for several weeks.

Stability

If you have a normal shaped foot but tend to overpronate slightly these shoes are perfect as they offer good protection against injuries while stabilising your tendency to rotate your foot as you land therefore making your running more effective,they basically make sure that when your foot hits the floor it lands squarely thus decreasing your risk of injury.

Support

Support running shoes are designed for if you have a slightly flat foot,for example if your foot lands very square on when you run it can have disastrous effects on your knees causing injury.These are basically the best shoes when it comes to supporting and controlling your foot movements while running,they are also sometimes called motion controlled shoes and tend to be the best for most people.

Get the best running shoes for your feet that you can possibly afford,if your in any doubt then simply go to a specialist running shoe store and they will help you by watching you run up the street and then telling you how you run and what shoes you need to best suit your needs.Get out there and get fit.

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    • rihamah profile image

      rihamah 

      7 years ago

      Nice hub. I've been a runner for over 20 years now, since I was in junior high. I have had many running related injuries, but one that was so frequent for me was shin splints.

      Later I've learned that I was an overpronator and that this was a major reason why I kept having these shin splints so frequent. I then changed my running shoes to one that has motion control and support specifically designed for extreme overpronators and I had a magical result.

      I've written a hub about the best running shoes for shin splints, I'd appreciate it if you can take a look and leave me your feedback @ https://hubpages.com/style/Best-Running-Shoes-For-...

    • evvy_09 profile image

      evvy_09 

      7 years ago from Athens, AL

      Perfect timing on this hub for me. Most of winter I've stayed in the room the heater is in, hardly any excercise at all lol. I so need to get back in shape!

    • JD Barlow profile image

      JD Barlow 

      7 years ago from Southeast US

      Great information on picking the right type of running shoes.

    • katrinasui profile image

      katrinasui 

      7 years ago

      Some nice shoes for sunning. Good hub!

    • RandomLife profile image

      RandomLife 

      7 years ago from Nashville TN

      Very informative hub!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      7 years ago

      Warchild 75, There is a lot of great information here to consider when comtemplating running shoes. Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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