Running shoes are shoes that are usually used for running either on roads or on trails. Available on the market today are lots of different brands and designs of these shoes. These designs of shoes have expanded to encompass sandals, elevated and Mary Jane style which are suitable not just for running but also for dancing and jumping. Knowing how to choose the right shoes is important to enjoying them as well as the sport.
There are two types of running shoes those made especially for the trail and those made for the road. The latter are designed to be used on pavement and occasionally off the road. They are flexible and lightweight and built to provide support and stability to the feet as the runner hits the hard surface over and over.
The trail running shoes are similar to the road running shoes except for the fact that they are beefed up with more cushion. They also have solid outsoles that give the user a firm grip on the ground and are enhanced to provide stability, balance and safety under your feet. When your primary running surface is uneven it is best to choose these shoes.
Once you know the type of running shoes you require the next thing you want to do is choose a shoe that will be comfortable even after hours of wear. In order to do this you will need to know what kind of feet you have. If you have wide feet choose sneakers that best suit you. Females with extra wide feet might have to go to the men's department to find shoes that are a perfect fit for them.
Other things to consider are the arch and foot shape and there are some simple tests that will tell you what kind of feet you have. You can have a high arch, a normal arch or be flat footed. The shape of your foot is related to how you walk or run.
Increased shock absorption is provided by cushion shoes and they also give some degree of medial support. These running shoes are ideal for neutral runners who run on trails or roads with irregular surfaces.
Stabilty shoes are good for neutral runners because they reduce pronation and this is accomplished by the "post" in the endsole.
Running shoes with stiffer heels or with a straighter design built in them to reduce overpronation are known as motion control shoes.
Once you figure out the type of shoes you need it is best to try them on at the end of the day when your feet are swollen and at their largest. Quite often a pair of shoes that felt comfortable in the shop can be very uncomfortable once you have worn them for several hours on the trail or road.
If you usually put on any type of orthotics have them with you so that you try the shoes with them. Even though most shoes come with standard insoles, enthusiastic runners will generally invest in custom foot pads such as Superfeet. These insoles offer better balance, added cushion and a better fit.
Some popular brands include Nike, Puma, Adidas, Converse and Reebok and compared to earlier designs they now produce advanced running shoes that enable both the amateur and professional runner to buy shoes based on their running style and foot arch. This is especially important because it enhances running skill and decreases injury. Happy Shopping