Choosing a Running Shoe


A runner’s most important tools is his or her feet. Make sure you protect those puppies with the gear best suited for your individual needs. Here are our top shoe picking tips…

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It’s All About the Arch

Do you have a high, medium or low arch? Not too sure? Head to the shoe store and have them check out those steppers of yours. High arched feet need less cushioning than their low arched buddies do, and then of course medium arched feet need medium cushioned shoes.

We Need Space

A tight fit is not good for your feet’s health. It can lead to an increased risk of shin splints and toe jam build-up. Make sure to leave at least half a thumb nail’s length between your big toe and the point of the shoe.

Heel Strikers Unite

90% of runners strike their heels when running, and coupling this with hard surfaces such as tarmac can cause an increased risk of plantar fasciitis. Either change your technique or look for a shoe that has added cushioning around the heel.

Body Frame

Your length and weight will dictate which shoe you should be treading dust with. Shorter, lighter runners need less of a sole than longer, heavier runners do. Go look at the difference between the Merrel Trail Glove (perfect for our shorter, lighter friends) and the Nike Vomero (perfect for our taller, heavier buddies) to grasp a good understanding of sole differences in shoes.

Better Breather

Top running shoes have one thing in common: they allow your feet to breathe. Having a lovely little breeze tickle your toes is something only flip-flop wearing beach bums had the luxury of experiencing… until now. Get a shoe with breathable mesh which will keep your feet cool and from stinking up the living room after a jog.

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By Shawn Greyling

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