Choosing the best shoes for running can be daunting, especially with all the different models on the market, so how do you choose the best ones for you? There are two things to consider during your search: your use of the shoes and your physiology. On the one hand you need to consider how often you run and on what surface, as well as your average pace. The more you use your shoes, the more you should invest in them.
On the other hand, knowing your physiology is essential in determining which type of shoe you should buy: are you a man or a woman? How much do you weigh? How experienced are you at running? Have you been injured over the past year? Just as important are details like your instep type, arch height and how you strike the ground. Runners with a higher arch usually overpronate and need a flexible, cushioned shoe with midfoot support, whereas underpronating, flat-footed runners benefit from higher stability. Forefoot strikers need more shock absorption at the front of the foot, while heel strikers receive most of the impact at the back.
Before even trying on the shoe, check its flexibility. Push the front of the shoe against a flat surface while holding the heel. If it bends at a different place to your foot, it could lead to injury. It's time to put it on! Let's start at the front: there should be at least one thumb's width of space between your longest toe and the front end of the shoe. This is because our feet swell and lengthen throughout the day, so what might feel snug to begin with might end up being too tight once you start running. Now for the midfoot: the shoes shouldn't be too tight around this area either, however, before you discard your shoes as being too tight, try loosening the laces or lacing them up differently - this might give you the extra space you need.
Finally, the heel. Experts recommend wearing a shoe that encloses your heel securely, but not tightly. You should be able to slip your heel out when the laces aren't tied. Take into account that any irritation you feel when you first try on the shoes will only get worse while running. So if there's any irritation at all, those aren't the right shoes for you! Two more things to consider are that your feet are at their biggest at around 4pm every day (due to swelling), so it's best if you try on your new shoes at this time. Lastly, don't just stand in your shoes to try them out - have a jog around the house, run up and down the stairs or head out to the garden for a jump around. Remember that, if they're not perfect, you can return them to Keller Sports and get a full refund.
It's all good and well knowing the exact model of the shoe to buy and how it should feel when you put it on, but what size should you buy? It is generally recommended that you buy running shoes that are half a size bigger than your everyday footwear because running will make your feet swell more than regular walking. Buying running shoes that are too small can lead to black nails and blisters.
Unfortunately, choosing the right size when shopping online can get tricky because many brands have slightly different sizing due to the range of shoe types and fits - that's where Keller Sports comes in. On every running shoe page you have the "what size fits me"? button that will help you compare the shoes you are interested in with some you have at home. Now you've found shoes that fit perfectly, it's time to find the right running clothes. At Keller Sports you can find running clothes for men, women and children. Why not spread your love for running? Tell your friends about the range of men's and women's running shoes you can find here at Keller Sports!