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Running Shoes Guide

Updated on December 1, 2011

Running Shoe Guide

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Looking for running shoes that fit properly and are comfortable seems difficult. There are certainly a large range of running shoes on the market which simply makes the task  selecting running shoes even more complicated. The Easy Guide to Selecting Running Shoes intention is to simplify the process for you while guiding you to purchasing the correct shoes.

Footwear Selection
Footwear selection is important. Many confuse footwear purposes or combine them.  For example, a growing number of people think that their walking shoes are suitable for jogging or going out for a brisk run.. It is important to understand that walking shoes are made differently than those made for jogging or running. Walking shoes are made with firmer material to support the foot tread while running shoes are much more resilient and are made to absorb the impact of the foot while the individual is running. The more flexible running shoe is meant to enhance the stride while protecting the foot. And did you know that wearing walking shoes while running might lead to injury? It is a possibility. Always select correct style shoes to avoid injuries.

Correct Size
Determine your real foot size.  Foot size might change with age or a major weight gain or weight loss. It is a good idea to measure your foot to determine an accurate foot size before purchasing running shoes. And remember during your search that shoe size varies between manufacturers. One manufacturers size might fit more snugly than another.

Fit
Of course fit is very important. The shoe should fit well and allow free movement without restrictions. The shoe should also fit snugly around the foot without restricting any movements. Try on the shoes. Try the wiggle your toes test. If you can easily wiggle toes without feeling restricted then the shoe fit is correct.

Arches
Arch type is important when considering the type of running shoes purchased. Common foot arches include the high arch foot, normal arch, and the flat foot. Those with high arches have an underprontated foot. The underpronated foot does not have the ability to absorb as much shock as it should. A structured cushioning shoe helps to absorb shock in the lower leg area which those with high arches are more prone to suffer. Those with a normal arch experience fewer problems than those in the other categories and are able to wear a regular cushioning running shoe. The flat footed runner has an over pronated foot and requires a shoe with maximum support.

Running is great fun and a effective exercise to get in shape and improve vitality. Use the tips included here to purchase the correct type of running shoe for your foot.

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