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Episode Info: Buying New Running Shoes: An IntroductionIf you want to get into running, and/or continue running for many years without injury, it is imperative to find the right running shoe for you. There are numerous benefits to selecting the best running shoe for your specific gait and running style.Buying new running shoes can seem daunting and stressful at first, but it definitely doesn't need to be. This episode breaks down the process into a few basic tips on how to look for the right running shoe for you! Show NotesWhat to know before going to the running storegood-to-knowsWhat will you be using the running shoes for? Examples: casual jogging, training for 5k, half marathon, trail running vs. road running, etc.Go shoe shopping at the end of the day, because our feet swell during the day. You don't want to buy a shoe then find it smaller than when you first tried it on in the store.The size of your current shoe does not mean that will be the size of your new pair, even if it's the same brand or the same model line within the same brand. It may seem obvious but...always try on the shoe before buying!It may be useful to wear or bring your old running shoe to the running store, or to your podiatrist or physical therapist. These professionals could see the wear and tear on the bottom of your shoe to understand your gait/foot strike.PronationPronation is the natural motion of your foot going into a step, and coming out of a step.Image Credit: Great 2 minute YouTube video about pronationFootstrikeFootstrike is the order in which the parts of your foot come in contact with the ground while running Image Credit: Great 3 minute YouTube video about footstrikeWhat to expect while you're in the running storeYou will get asked what kind of shoe you're looking forYou might get offered to run on a treadmill and get your running footstrike filmed on camera (this is completely optional)Shoe fitting tipsHeel must be snug. It shouldn't be moving left-rightAbout a thumbnail's length of space between longest toe and top of shoePinky toe shouldn't be squished uncomfortablyTie the shoes as if you were about to go for a runTesting the shoesGo for a light run/jog in the store (it helps if there's a mini indoor track)Go for a light run outside (if the store lets you)Ask about trial periods or return policies on the running shoes. Many stores offer generous trial ...
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