Tips for picking the right running shoes

August 21, 2014
running mechanics


So you decided you would like to start running. Wonderful. That’s the first step in the right direction. The next step is going to a running store to pick the right running shoes. Yep, do yourself a favor and head to the nearest running shoe store in town, even if you have to go to the next town over. Trust me, your feet and most importantly your body will thank you. Now, I’m not a physician or a therapist, or a coach.  I’m not trained in “properly” picking out running shoes, but I encourage you to go to a running store and get fitted and here is why.

Why should I go “get fitted” for running shoes?

There are very important “mechanics” going on when you run. Do you tilt your heels when you run? In what directions are they tilted? How does your foot land on the ground? Does your heel touch the ground before your toes? Do your toes hit the ground before your heel? Exactly. That’s a lot of questions to ask a new runner.

Perfect example is this online quiz by Runner’s World.  Simply answer these questions and a list of possible shoe matches will pop up for you. But what happens if you do not know the answers to this: Are you an Overpronator, Underpronator or Normal?

What does it all mean?

If you are an underpronator, it means your foot doesn’t roll in on either direction, but you push off with your little toes.

If you are an overpronator, it means your foot rolls inward very drastically creating a push off with your big toes.

If you have a neutral pronation, it means your foot rolls slightly inwards and you push off with all of your toes.

Why should I go to a running store?

At a running store, staff is trained to notice how your foot rolls and how your foot lands on the ground.  A running store that offers “fittings” should have a treadmill you can use to videotape the way your feet hit and push off the ground.

By visiting a local store, even if its not in your town, you are supporting the local economy.  You are supporting the good ole mom & pop’s businesses out there.  I’ll get off my soapbox now. 😉  Enjoy your new shoes!

Have you ever been fitted for running shoes?
Are you neutral, overpronator or underpronator?

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  • Reply Annmarie August 21, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Proper running shoes are so important! I get mine from a local running store where they help you to fit and find the perfect match for your foot. Every time I go in, I am always recommended to use the same brand of shoe (by different associates), so now I know what brand works best for me!
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  • Reply Kat August 21, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Great tips girlie
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  • Reply Lindsay August 22, 2014 at 1:33 am

    I confess that it’s been a long time since I’ve run, but I definitely will get fitted when I decide to get off my lazy butt and start again. I have extremely flat feet and if I’m not paying attention, walk/run slightly pigeon-toed!
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  • Reply Karon August 22, 2014 at 1:57 am

    Thanks for the insight. I’ve been trying to find some good shoes just for exercise and it has been a challenge.
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  • Reply aleshea August 22, 2014 at 4:32 am

    . These are some great tips i must bookmark. Shoes make a difference

  • Reply Jeanae August 22, 2014 at 5:10 am

    I couldn’t agree more. My feet, legs, & back thanked me when I finally started proper running shoes. It truly makes a difference when you have been fitted with the right shoe.
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  • Reply Kristin August 22, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    My hubs got fitted and has been so happy with his shoes!

  • Reply Suzanne Michele August 22, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Wow! I had no idea! I never gave much thought to having running shoes fitted. It’s been years since I’ve ran (crushed muscle put a stop to that for awhile and haven’t hit the pavement since it healed). When I finally get back out there, I’ll have to remember to actually get fitted and not just buy what I like.
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  • Reply Krystal August 22, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I’ve gone to watch a friend get fitted and it was so neat! He even ran on the treadmill and they monitored what happened.
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  • Reply Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog August 23, 2014 at 1:49 am

    Love that Runner’s World quiz! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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  • Reply Katie @ Pick Any Two August 23, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree about the importance of proper running shoes! I got fitted a long time ago when I was training for my half-marathon. I want to get into running again and I’m thinking that getting fitted for a new, great shoe would be the perfect motivation to get back out there.
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  • Reply Rena (An Ordinary Housewife) August 23, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    I’ve never heard of a “running store.” I’ve also always hated running, but DH wants us to the Couch to 5K thing, so I will have to remember your advice.
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