ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What is the Best Type of Shoes to Buy for Jogging

Updated on November 16, 2015
Jogging Shoes
Jogging Shoes | Source
jogging | Source

I'm not only an exercise physiologist, I have been running long distance races since I was in grade school. Although I have not competed in any track events, since I graduated from college, currently, I still have been running at least 5 miles, three days per week.

During my years of vigorous training in preparation for track competitions such as the 800 meters, 1500 meters, cross country, and so on, I can recall periodically sustaining injuries that prevented me from competing for several weeks.

While I was pursuing my education in exercise physiology, I learned that two of the main causes of the injuries runners often experience are due to poor jogging shoes, and bad surfaces. I also learned how to select a good pair of jogging shoes, which I will be sharing with you.


The most popular form of aerobic exercise is jogging. Next to walking, it is considered one of the most easiest forms of exercise. However, the risk of injury associated with jogging is far much greater than walking. So as to substantially alleviate such risks, a good pair of jogging shoes is definitely a worthwhile investment, and is highly recommended.

When It's Time to Change Your Jogging Shoes

Joggers often complain of pain originating in the knee, feet and legs. Many of these problems often result from improperly fitting or worn-out shoes. Worn-out shoes should be replaced. It is time to change your jogging shoes when they no longer offer good lateral stability and also when they are obviously leaning to one side when placed on a flat surface. In addition, the shoes should be able to bend at the ball of the foot.

How to Select a Good Pair of Jogging Shoes

When purchasing a pair of jogging shoes for the first time, your shoes should be able to meet several basic criteria. Some of the basic criteria include the following:

  1. The upper should be made of leather with breathable materials, such as nylon mesh.
  2. The tongue should be well-padded to prevent abrasion or irritation of the top of the foot.
  3. For comfort, the toe box should be spacious to allow ample space for the toes.
  4. Solid or carbon rubber out-soles are excellent.
  5. The collar should be approximately an inch of rim and made of soft material. This will offer protection to the heel.
  6. The achilles pad should not be too high, as this will cause irritation to the tendon,or cause blistering.
  7. The mid-sole which is the principal shock -absorbing feature of the shoe should be made of polyurethethane to offer support and durability.
  8. For extra stability and support of the heel counter, it is good to pick a shoe with external stabilizer.
  9. Flared heels are good as this offer good support, and firm heel counter made of durable plastic placed in the heel, assist with stability.
  10. Inner sole should be able to provide flexibility under barefoot.

Anyone can simply go to the store and buy a pair of shoes for the purpose of jogging; however, not everyone knows exactly how to choose the best jogging shoes, which is understandable, especially when it comes to beginners. For safety, or for the sake of minimizing the common injuries often associated with jogging, it's best that you follow the above guidelines when choosing a pair of jogging shoes.


To summarize, comfort is always one of the first things to consider when choosing any pair of shoes in general. However, when you can walk around leisurely with an ordinary pair of uncomfortably fitted shoes for an entire day, there's no way you will be able to withstand the discomfort you would likely to experience if you were to jog in an uncomfortable pair of shoes for at least 30 minutes.

Your feet simply will not be able tolerate the repetitive pounding on any hard surface or even on grass turf for at least 30 minutes or more each day, if you are not jogging in a good pair of sneakers. Overtime this will definitely lead to some of the most common jogger's injuries.

If you are contemplating going jogging any time soon or it's time for you to change your jogging shoes, try to choose the best pair of jogging shoes.

Parts of the Best Jogging Shoes


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)