Choosing the right running shoes
It’s important to invest in a pair of proper running shoes if you want to start training. This advice will help you find the right trainers.
Personalised shoes can enhance your running technique and prevent injury by providing support, cushioning and grip, while protecting you from debris.
Everyone has a running style, depending on the foot’s arch and the way it rolls on each stride.
Specialist shops offer gait analysis, where cameras capture you doing a short treadmill run at your own pace. Experts can then tell whether you over-pronate (roll your feet inwards), supinate (roll your feet outwards) or are a ‘neutral’ runner.
“The analysis itself is about five minutes,” says Mark Linnane, Assistant Manager at Runners Need. “With trying on shoes, it takes 15 – 30 minutes, depending on the level of support needed.
From knee problems to back problems, it all starts with the feet
“If you’re not getting the right support for your run, it throws everything off. From knee problems to back problems, it all starts with the feet. Correct arch support in a shoe can level you up by stopping the inward roll of the foot and giving you balance.”
Customised insoles, which can be moulded to the shape of your foot, may help people with certain foot problems, as Mark explains: “They could have arch problems, like collapsed arches. In those instances, it may be a good idea to get insoles as well.”
Consider the terrain
It’s also useful to match footwear with terrain. “For off-road running, shoes don’t need as much support because your foot moves in different ways on uneven surfaces,” says Mark.
“Most trail shoes won’t have any pronation support. The sole of a trail shoe is different to a road shoe, so you don’t get good traction on road. Likewise, the other way round.”
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