Quick Guide To Buying Running Shoes by Happy Runner.
Recently, a newbie runner friend asked me for advise on finding a suitable running shoe. Since one of the most important aspect of running happy, is to select the right kind of shoe which will not only fit your feet well but also, allows you to perform at your optimum level, I am sharing these easy-to-follow tips with you too.
8 Steps To Happy Running
1. When looking for running shoes, unless you know exactly the shoe that you need, it is best to visit a shop which specialises in running shoes rather than a general sports shop. If you are living in the Klang Valley, go to any or all of the following recommended running shoe shops – Brooks in Sunway Pyramid, The Marathon Shop in Lot10, and/or Keypower Sports in The Gardens, Mid Valley.
2. To save time, and help the shoe shop assistant recommend you the right running shoe, tell them the average distance that you run each time (less or more than 10km, or 21km & above), and on what surface (road, trail or both) you are running. From there, the sales clerk can narrow down the choices to a few brands & model from which to choose.
3. Shop assistant ought to check the arch of your feet. High/medium arch feet as opposed to a flat-footer, requires more support in the mid-sole. If the staff does not mention the words, “arch” or “flat-foot” in the first 10 minutes, then you need to talk to another sales assistance who knows what they are talking about, or go to the next shoe shop for better advise.
4. Brooks brand has a wide range (road and trail types) to suit most kind of feet & different running styles. You can try Saucony or Skechers too.
5. Different brands have different designs, so you must try on shoes & walk/run in them to see if they really fit your individual footprint.
7. You might want to consider buying an extra & cheaper pair for training purposes only, so that you can save your best & more expensive running shoes for actual running events. Although, it will cost more upfront to buy two pairs, by spreading the mileage clocked between two running shoes rather than one, in the long-run, the cost will even itself out, plus you can have the added advantage of having two running shoes as listed below:-
i/ You can keep one pair in the car boot in case you want to go for an unplanned run.
ii/ You will always have a shoe on standby in case the other pair gets wet.
iii/ The shoes will have time to air-out any foul odours by alternating usage between two pairs of running shoe.
8. After you have found the right shoes, be sure to maximise your running pleasure by :-
i/ keeping your toe nails trimmed to avoid toe-jamming;
ii/ shake some foot powder in your socks to keep your feet dry & odour-free;
iii/ give your shoes a quick wipe with a damp cloth & dry them under the sun after every run.
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