Shoes protect our feet, help us maintain our balance, and can help correct physical problems. Without them, every day walking can become a very painful. When you start running, a lack of proper footwear can turn from painful to downright dangerous. Even without direct injury to the foot, the wrong shoe can cause balance problems, poor grip, and posture discrepancies.
Kitty and I just recently went shoe shopping as I was in desperate need of some new running shoes. After several different stores and an entire Saturday out shopping, I settled on the Adidas Springblade shoes. They are both comfortable and stylish and I’m very happy with my decision. After buying them, I decided why not write about choosing the right running shoe. After all, if I’d had some help, it might not have taken so long to find my new pair. See the Adidas Springblade shoes for yourself by clicking here: http://www.adidas.com/us/springblade.
Why not take the time to learn about running shoes? There are many variables to consider, but there are also many websites where whom you can learn the basics. One of the first things to consider is what kind of running shoe you need. It sounds odd, but there are different varieties of running shoes, just like there are different varieties of tires for cars. There are road-running shoes, trail-running shoes, and even cross-training shoes for those who like to exercise in the gym.
Where you’ll be running on will determine the type of shoe you need. A runner who keeps to the roads and side-walks needs a light, flexible shoe that has plenty of shock protection. An off-roader will want a shoe with aggressive tread and excellent ankle support. Twisting a leg in the woods isn’t something you want to do with your day; the right pair of shoes can help avoid this. For those who like a more natural approach, minimalist (such as ‘toe-shoes’) are essentially foot shaped protection that allow your foot to do the job nature intended it to do.
Another important point is the way the foot hits the ground. The angle of the foot as it hits the ground will help determine what kind of shoe you need. Neutral pronation, when the foot hits the ground flat, requires no modifying shoe. Over-pronation (inside of the foot hits the first) and supination (outside hits first) should both be corrected by your shoe, in order to improve running and decrease the risk of injury.
Do yourself a favor and research your shoes. Ask the salesperson at the shoe store to help you pick out the right size, type, and corrective. Your feet will thank you!