Welcome to “Question of the Week”, a new feature to the Marin BreakfastKlub Runners Blog. I get a lot of emails asking for advice on running and fitness as well as people who just need a kick-start to get moving so I’ve decided that each week I’ll select a question from the mail bag and answer it on the blog.
Q: “What are the best running shoes?”
A: This one is surprisingly easy and surprisingly very complicated to answer! The best running shoe for you is the one that fits your foot.
Listen, there are a variety of factors that go into selecting the proper running shoe. A shoe needs to be right for your arch (high, low, flat), your foot strike (forefront, middle, heel) and your foot motion as you walk (pronation, supination). You also need to take in to account your current and future mileage demands as well as what kind of surface you run on (street, path, trail).
So how does one figure this out and get the right shoe? My best advice is to march your little self down to a local running shoe store and get properly fitted. Good quality running stores are staffed with, well, runners who know what questions to ask and will have the patience to put you in 5 or even 10 pairs of shoes to find what feels right for you. Some stores even have treadmills inside so that they can watch you run to further help you out with your selection.
Notice I didn’t say sporting goods store or discount retailer. While those stores are fine for a thousand other products, you should go to the professionals for proper fit and education and purchase what you need from them.
Your toes, feet, ankles, knees, legs, hips and butt will thank you!
Now go run!