Gear Up With the Right Shoes
Finding the best-fitting shoe among the numerous choices at your local running store isn’t always easy. To ensure you walk out a happy customer, you need to make sure the shoe fits properly from heel to toe and that it feels comfortable with your regular running stride.
When choosing, however, you usually only have a few minutes to run in a couple of models. That’s why we are here to help.
Before you even put your foot in a new pair of running shoes, it’s helpful to know all the little details of the shoes that will be with you over the next several hundred miles, along with what to expect during the shoe-buying process. Finally, take a look at our favorite shoes right now in your favorite categories, from most cushioned to the best for the trails.
How to Choose the Best Athletic Shoes for your Workout
Angela Parker of Body Inspired Fitness gets the best tips from SIX:02 for choosing the proper athletic shoes for specific types of workouts. Karen explains how the right shoe will help you with your form and function, and activating what you should be activating during different types of fitness and exercises.
How to Choose the Right Shoe
To find the right pair of walking shoe, put each candidate through the following quality test:Source
Look at the heel. It should be no more than an inch higher than the sole under the ball of the foot, and there should be no flare.
Next, grip the shoe in your hands and twist it. Not only should it twist latitudinally, it should easily bend at the ball of the foot and not the middle of the arch.
Finally, set the shoe on the floor and poke the toe. If it’s well designed, the toe should be slightly off the ground and rock a little when poked.
When searching for the right walking shoe, don’t get hung up on labels. If you find a flexible, flat shoe with a minimum heel drop, it may be perfectly well suited for walking even if it’s labeled a running shoe. Similarly, there are many walking shoes that have all the bells and whistles but are anything but flexible and flat.
To make the right choice, always place function before fashion. Sure, you want to look great, but it’s more important to find something that makes walking a joy. You can usually find a great pair for between $60 and $120. Anything more and you’ll be paying for style.
Running Shoes Anatomy: Infographic
Too many brands hitting you with shoe-specific jargon? Cut to the chase with our simple guide to the anatomy of a running shoe.
Running Shoes Buying Habits
Here is an infographic of the buying habits for running shoes.