Buying running shoes is extremely personal and often influenced by the style and look of the shoe itself. Most people do not realize there are many important factors to consider before buying a running shoe.
Over the last few months I’ve taken up jogging in my neighborhood. I love the rush of endorphins, but hate how sore my feet and legs feel during and after a run. While talking to my husband, Brandon, about my aches, he shared similar symptoms after a workout at the gym. It’s no surprise that our physical ailments are a result from wearing improper running shoes.
Do you know the secret to choosing the best running shoe? Everyone should visit a footwear professional to evaluate your feet before purchasing shoes.
The only way Brandon and I could ensure we have the best running shoe is by visiting a specialty shoe store. FootPrints Shoe Store in Newington, CT has an incredible staff of footwear professionals with unique skills and services. Before trying on shoes, Brandon and I received a proper foot measurement by a Professional Certified Shoe Fitter. I learned my feet are a ½ size smaller than the size I’ve been buying for years.
Brandon and I learned a lot about feet and footwear during our visit to FootPrints. The best shoes should cushion and support your feet, feel comfortable, and fit well. But if you’re wearing the wrong size shoe or in need of arch support, you may experience a multitude of pain and injuries over time. How do you know if you need arch support? FootPrints offers a FREE iStep Foot Analysis to every customer.
What is an iStep Foot Analysis?
The iStep Foot Analysis measures the pressure exerted by your feet when standing. It can identify arch type, pinpoint areas of extreme pressure, and recommend Orthotic inserts for arch support. I’ve always associated the term “orthotic” with “orthopedic,” which makes me think of a senior citizen shoe. However, anyone at any age, may benefit from orthopedic shoes. FootPrints has Certified Pedorthists working closely with Doctors of Podiatry to expertly fill footwear prescriptions and care for unique foot needs.
So, which is the Best Running Shoe?
A universal perfect running shoe does not exist. If it did, we could all say our feet are shaped exactly the same way and we all stand just alike as well. With that being said, it’s so important to visit a footwear specialist before buying a new pair of shoes to make sure they are the best running shoes for your feet. FootPrints carries New Balance, Brooks, Hoka, and On running shoes.
We love our new running shoes so much. Brandon found the New Balance sneakers most comfortable, especially after adding an orthotic insert to support his foot arch. My husband reports his knees have not hurt since he started wearing his running shoes during workouts.
I tried on a variety of Hoka shoes and came home with the first pair I put on. They are so comfortable and the cushion while I’m running is amazing. My shoes took a few wears to break in, but my last few runs have been pain free.
If you’re wondering how to choose the best running shoe, start with finding a footwear specialist in your area. If you live in Connecticut, take a trip to Newington to meet the FootPrints staff.
Thank you to FootPrints for sponsoring this post!