Tips for picking the right running shoes

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?

14 thoughts on “Tips for picking the right running shoes”

  1. 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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