Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Choosing the Right Running Shoe, the DIY way

I like to run since young and have been running ever since, no thanks to the my annual IPPT and In Camp training.

In the past, I would just go out there and buy the cheapest pair of running shoes and more often than not, the shoes either don't last a while or would give get my feet painful and uncomfortable.
Well, as my family situation improves, what comes next were shoes that were slightly more expensive but nontheless still gives me uncomfortable feet and painful soles.

The lesson learnt then was not the price of the shoes that matter, but rather the right fit and the right shoes for the right occasion.

In order to get the right pair of running shoes, no matter how well you understand how your feet lands, the shape of your feet, the most inportant one factor is how comfortable your feet is in them when you try them on and walk. Do you feel that your feet is pressed against the sides of the shoes? Do you feel that your shoes is tight at the toes and/ or too loose? All these plays a very important part in keeping your running feet in good condition.

Basically, there are a few things that you need to know before you even get down to buying a new pair of running shoes.

1) Understand how your feet lands- or Pronation in jargon. The feet should land with the outside heel and subsequently landing up to the ball of your foot evenly. Any other way of landing gives rise to over or under pronation.

2) Understand what your foot type is via the wet test.

A better study of how shoes can be better chosen can be found here.

This is also where I learnt how to run and breathe properly.

1 comment:

tom said...

Thanks for the tips!! Those tips really help me to choose a perfect running shoes.