Spring Cleaning

Running Shoes

Are your tennis shoes tired and run down?  Toss them out and invest in a new pair!  Especially for an avid walker/jogger/runner – having the right pair of shoes is essential to avoiding injury. 


When should you replace your tennis shoes?

It is recommended that you replace running shoes between 350 to 550 miles depending on your running style, body weight, and the surface on which you run. Lighter runners can get closer to the upper end of the recommendation while heavier runners are harder on shoes and should consider replacement shoes closer to 350 miles.


Buy Two Pairs of Running Shoes

If possible, have two pairs of similar running shoes you’re actively using. Alternating shoes every other workout gives your feet a break. In wet weather you will have a dry pair waiting. Also, try to use your running shoes only for your workouts. They will last much longer if you aren’t wearing them all day.


A Few Buyers Tips

–  Shop late in the day because your feet swell during the day.

–  Measure your foot while standing.

–  Try on both shoes with the socks you will wear.

–  Buy for your larger foot (feet are rarely the same exact size).

–  Allow a thumbnail’s width between the shoe and your big toe.

–  Choose shoes that are comfortable immediately. If they hurt in the store, don’t buy them.

–  Look for a moderately priced shoe. Price is not necessarily an indication of quality. Research has shown that moderately priced running shoes work just as well as expensive ones.

–  Make sure the shoe matches your foot type and running style.

–  Wear new shoes around the house before using them on short runs.

–  Don’t do a long run in new shoes. Start out with a short run and stop if you have any hot spots, which are a warning sign that a blister is on the way.

–  Consider having an evaluation by a doctor, physical therapist, or podiatrist to learn your foot type.  


Source: How to Choose the Best Running, Athletic or Sports Shoes

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