How to Select the Best Running Shoes For You
When you’re searching for running shoes, where do you start? Most people start with an online search and read about a certain brand or look up a popular running shoe. If a running shoe is popular, then why not just pick that as my running shoe based on the fact that lots of other people run in that shoe?
For example, the Asics running shoes pictured above are popular. Does that mean these running shoes should work for anyone?
The short answer is no.
When you think about what you want in a running shoe, remember that your desires and needs are different than other runners. You might like a lot of soft, fluffy cushion underfoot, while another runner might prefer a firmer, more dynamic feel. You might like to focus on finding a lightweight shoe while someone else likes to focus on the amount of room in the toebox. Also consider that your feet are not the same as anyone else’s.
That means the answer to today’s heading is YES! It does matter what shoes you run in.
How to Pick Running Shoes
When it comes to running shoe brands, there are so many wonderful choices that the problem is almost never a lack of options, from Brooks to Nike, Saucony to Asics, Hoka to On, Diadora to Mizuno, and the list goes on. Instead, it’s figuring out what your feet need paired with your particular goals for running. With so many choices, how do you decide which running shoes to buy?
There is one piece of advice that you will see repeated on our blog, on our website, and in our store:
Get a Proper Shoe Fitting
This is the best first step you can take when you want to find running shoes that work for you. Not only that, at St. Pete Running Company, we want to help you find running shoes that you fall in love with! Our one-of-a-kind StrideSmart Shoe Fitting is for walkers and runners alike. Come in and visit our shoe experts. We take a full body approach to evaluating your gait and stride. Our in-depth shoe fitting is absolutely free! This evaluation will also help you understand how to properly run, which means avoiding injury whether you’re a seasoned runner or you’re just getting started. We also carry the top running shoe brands in the country (such as the list above). The ideal is for you to get your feet inside several different brands to see which running shoes will be best for you!
- Our StrideSmart Shoe Fitting is the best first step when searching for running shoes
- The shoe fitting is free
- Avoid online running shoe shopping and come get your feet inside several pairs of running shoes
- A popular shoe brand might not work for you
- Wherever you live, find your local running store and support local business
Do you have more questions about what shoes you run in? We can help! Call or come into the store where our shoe and running experts are ready to provide the high-quality customer service you expect from a Top 50 Running Store in America.