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Here are some guidelines to steer you in the right direction:
- Figure out your running "type." There are three "types" of runners: supinator (or underpronator), overpronator, and neutral runner. Supination and pronation refers to the outward and inward motion of your foot as it rolls during running or walking.
- A running specialty store can help gauge your biomechanics by analyzing your running gait and measuring your feet.
- Bring your old running shoes in so they can look at your wear pattern on the bottom to help determine your biomechanics.
- In addition, bring the socks you normally run in as well to help make sure the shoe is a good fit.
- Determine your shoe category. There are three main categories of running shoes: cushioned, stability and motion control. Each is designed to address the above mentioned three "types" of runners.
- Running shoes vary by the amount of support they provide, based on the degree to which runners supinate or pronate. This is why it's important to find a pair specific to your needs as it can help avoid injury down the line.
- Test out shoes. Most running specialty stores will allow you to run a bit in the shoes after trying them on to make sure they feel comfortable.
- Be prepared to spend money. A good cushioned running shoe will cost anywhere from about $75 to $150 so be prepared to spend some money. You might think you'll save money by buying a cheaper pair but often those shoes do not offer the same support or cushioning and will break down faster.
- Replace your shoes periodically. Running shoes typically need to be replaced every 300-500 miles. The number will vary depending on different factors such as: the material of shoe (foam will break down quicker than polyurethane) and weight of runner (a heavier person will break the same shoe down faster than a lighter person).