What Features to Check When Shopping for Running Shoes

What Features to Check When Shopping for Running Shoes

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What Features to Check When Shopping for Running Shoes


Many men enjoy working out and indulging in activities that will take them outdoors. It could be basketball, biking, jogging, or running. And they wear different athletic shoes for various activities. In the United Kingdom, athletic shoes are called joggers and trainers. Trainers come in different shapes, sizes, and names. Trainers are specially designed to fit the needs of physical exercise. The footwear is made with a flexible rubber sole or synthetic materials and upper part from cloth materials or synthetic substitutes. 

There are different types and brands of trainers. However, it is essential to understand their features to decide when you go shopping for a pair of mens running shoes

Jun 20, 2021; Eugene, OR, USA; American marathoner Abdi Abdirahman, the oldest American runner ever to make the Olympic team, trains on the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System along the Willamette River in Eugene, OR, on Sunday, June 20, 2021. Mandatory Credit: Jasper Colt-USA TODAY
Track Field Breaking Barriers Abdi Abdirahman

Features to check when buying trainers

In almost every sport you do, you use your knees, ankles, and feet. You put so much impact and pressure on your lower extremities, making them prone to wear and tear, fractures, sprains, and strains. Hence, choosing the proper footwear is essential to avoid injuries. You should invest in a quality pair of athletic footwear suitable for your sport, which can accommodate your body type and level of activity. 

In choosing the proper trainers, you should consider the following:

  1. Shock absorption. The shoes should have good cushioning material in the right places to lessen the impact on your joints and bones.
  2. Traction. The shoes should not let you stay on the floor but rather ensure that you do not slide and slip unnecessarily. They should let you move, slide, jump and pivot properly.
  3. Ankle support. Your ankles are vulnerable, so you need shoes with the proper ankle support to minimize the side-to-side movement and keep your feet aligned with your ankles. The ankle support will prevent ankle sprain or a pulled ankle. 
  4. Arch support. The arches support your body weight when standing and help you move forward when running or walking. You can have normal, flat, or high arches. Request for a diagnostic test to evaluate the rate of your movement when you run or walk. You should choose the running shoes that give the proper stability to your aches for better absorption of shock, reduce over-pronation, reduce the load on your Achilles tendon, and improve your stability and posture.

There are differences between walking shoes and running shoes. Running shoes should have good torsional strength, meaning they are stable, slightly rigid, and not too soft. They should also have good shock absorption along the entire length of the shoes to protect against stress fractures, heel pain, tendonitis, and shin splints. 

One of the dozens of runners who unofficially ran the course of the annual John Carson Road Race, finished the course before the start of the Chelmsford Fourth of July Parade, July 5, 2021. The official race had to be cancelled.

Additional tips for choosing the suitable trainers

Shop for athletic shoes after exercise or in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest. Buy the shoes from a specialty store to ensure a proper fit. If possible, use the same type of socks that you will wear when you use the shoes. Further, ensure that you have your feet measured every time you shop for shoes. Make sure that you feel comfortable when wearing the shoes and your toes have enough room to wiggle.

Now you know the importance of choosing the right type of shoes for your sport. You can ensure the best protection for your feet, legs, and joints when you wear the appropriate shoes.

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