Running shoes constitute an important part of the gear. They provide midsole foot cushioning, reducing the stress placed on the heel, which subsequently helps in preventing injuries. To improve your athletic performance, you have to choose the right pair of shoes. We have come up with a list of factors to take into consideration before you make your choice.

The first factor to take into consideration is the size. The wrong size can make your workout session quite uncomfortable. Since the feet tend to spread during running, it is important to buy shoes that can accommodate the same. One way to ascertain this is to make sure that there is at least one thumb width between the end of your foot and the shoe.  

For choosing the right pair of running shoes, runners must understand foot pronation. It is the movement of the foot that occurs when you land your foot during running. A runner needs to avoid overpronation, which happens when a runner rolls the foot too much to the inside, during the foot-strike cycle; and underpronation, which is when your foot rolls too much to the outside. The next step is to determine your foot arch type. One way to determine is through your foot imprint. You also need to confirm your gait along the same in order to find the right pair. In fact, there is a range of options available in the market. For example, Asics Gel—Nimbus and Asics Gel-Kayano, which come with a comprehensive design to ensure your feet’s optimum comfort while you run. You can also opt for professional evaluation for your feet.  

There are different types of shoes for different runners. To choose from the various options, you need to first establish your goals. Take into consideration things such as the intensity of the workout, the terrain, etc. to choose from options such as lightweight running shoes, trail running shoes, etc. 

Another factor to take into account, besides factors such as terrain and the surface, is your weight. The heavier you are, the greater will be the impact between the feet and the ground. For the same, you will need to opt for shoes with additional support. 

Go for stores that specialize in running shoes. You can also consult them for the right pair of socks to go along. A few laps around the store will perhaps help you make your choice. New shoes might cause blisters due to friction, initially. Opt for shorter runs to adapt. With time, the right pair of shoes will make your running a more pleasant experience.

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