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Yes, You Really Can Find Comfortable Running Shoes

Nov 6, 2007
Running is an enjoyable and worthwhile pursuit. Those who run regularly understand that the proper selection of footwear is crucial to a pain-free run. Unfortunately, many people who are just beginning to get into running give up after just a short period of time due to ankle and foot pain. Some even end up with long-lasting injuries, all because of improperly selected running sneakers. If this sounds like you, then please read on to learn the right way to select running footwear.

First, consider the fit. If the sneaker is too loose or tight, friction can occur, which will cause pain. Do not just try the shoe on - put your foot through a variety of motions and even try running a little (you may have to run in place). Often, people will just try on shoes, decide they are comfortable, and purchase them, without subjecting them to the forces they will have to withstand during running.

Next, consider your running style. The appropriate way to run is with the foot rolling from heel to toe and rotating slightly inward as the ball of the foot touches the ground. Of course, not everyone runs with perfect technique, and as such, there are shoes made to compensate. Some shoes wear more quickly to the inside, some more quickly to the outside. Also, some shoes adjust for those who rotate more or less than usual during running. To determine your running motion, and which part of the sneaker wears most quickly, find an old pair of shoes in the back of your closet and take a look at the wear and tear.

Third, decide what feature of a shoe is most important to you. Are you most interested in cushioning, stability, or control of motion? Cushioning is typically the first thing that deters people from running. Every time your foot touches the ground, you are subjecting the shoe to a great deal of weight (three times your weight, in fact), and you are subjecting it to this force thousands of times per run. If the bottom of your feet hurt after a run, you should find a shoe with superior cushioning. If you are feeling other kinds of pain, you should likely focus on stability and/or motion control. Also consider where you will be doing your running. If you will primarily be running on pavement, cushioning is going to be your top priority. If you are going to be running cross-country and/or on uneven surfaces, stability should be your main focus.

You will note that we did not focus on brand. There are so many brands whose styles change rapidly that it does make sense to include brand name in the scope of this article. Simply keep in mind brands you have achieved comfort with in the past and try out their shoes first. Appearance and status does not matter at all when finding a solid running shoe. You main goal is to find a shoe that is comfortable for your body.
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To save on sneakers and sports accessories, Peter suggests using a Shoebuy Coupon and a Sharper Image Coupon from CouponKathy.com.
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