I want to tell you : I am proud runner. I run every day. My running stats runs into several thousand kilometers for the year. It means that I need the right kind of shoes for my legs.
When I started to run, I started running in chappals (slippers). And I could manage to do that. This means that running is possible even without shoes. But, not for a regular runner. Because, if you do not wear the right kind of shoes, it may lead to injuries to your legs.
So, let’s break down the anatomy of a running shoe. I use ASICS. ASICS is a brand that gained popularity for making the best efforts to Empower the runners all over the globe. But, thats not the only shoe making company that cares for running.
You may have fetishness for similar other brands. So, without hurting your sentiments, let me share with you about the things that you need to look for in your running pair of shoes.
The first and the foremost thing that I look for in my shoes is: the SIZE. Make sure that it is comfortable in your feet. Never compromise on the size. A shoe bigger than your feet will make you feel lose in your legs. And if it is smaller, it will keep pinxhimg you for more space.
Breathability : your shoes must come with breathable material. This is done by providing meshing in the front portion of your feet. The meshing should neither be too thick nor too sparse. Good brands will take care of that. It should be durable as well as delicate. It should not rub against your skin.
Cushioning : the shoe must have good cushioning. Again, the optimum amount of cushioning will ensure that you feel comfortable. It should not be too comfy like your sofa or car cushions. Just enough to make you feel better in those rough long runs. It will also help you to avoid shoe bites. Good quality is laid like a carpet under your feet. With tour fingers, feel that.
The sole: the sole is the soul of your shoe. Many brands talk about it when they talk about their USP. For different types of running, different kinds of soles are used. Like road running is a different ballgame than a trail running. So is the kind of toughness you need for your shoes. For road running, the ruggedness is not os important as the gelling. Gel is a material that helps you to land properly on the surface.
As landing is the most repetitive action that you will take while running, it is fling to affect your ankles and the knee joints. So, focus on this. Get the shoes that provides excellent gelling under the feet. To test its gelling, wear them and go around for a while. May you should run a little and see how you feel. Ideally, in a new pair, you will get the elevated feeling.
Quality of material : the texture, the hand feel are important. Sometimes, I like to wear my shoe without socks. Specially in summers. So, having a smooth feel is necessary. Th e quality of material is going to decide its durability.
Durability: it means how long your shoe is going to last. In normal shoes, the first thing to go is the sole. Make sure, your running shoes Sholes are tough and they don’t worn out like normal shoes. My ASICS has not depressed me on that front. After running more than a thousand kilometers, there is no signs of worn out so far.
Wearing out of sole is also dependent on how your legs pronate. So, get your leg movements tested on treadmill labs that’s available in ASICS stores.
Here, I have testified for ASICS, but it need not be in your case. Brands like, Sketches, Adidas, Nike, New Balance all hav their exclusive running shoe section.
So, now that you know a bit about how to look at a shoe while shipping, you are going to make better choice.
Very soon, I am getting a new pair of shoe for myself. I ll let you know what I bought. Sooner…. Till then, keep running and having a blast at life.
a runner, a fitness enthusiast