Five Secrets about Buying Running Shoes
Working in a running store, I get to learn a lot about running, in general, new products and of course shoes. When I began working at the running store, I knew of the show I liked but not much else. Like anyone, I went through the whole process of getting my foot remeasured; my gait analyzed, and my (now) coworker brought out some shoes that worked well for me. To my shock, my feet were wide and had grown.
There are plenty of fascinating facts about shoes that you might not know. Working in a running store, they are now common knowledge for me, but I thought I would share.
Your Feet Change and can Grow:
When they are measured, many people are shocked to find their feet have grown. Your arches can collapse as you age and therefore your feet can get longer or wider. Woman your feet change after pregnancy. No one cares about your foot size but just get what is most comfortable.
Running Shoes are not Meant for Lateral Motion
This includes side to side motion, tennis, etc. Running shoes aren’t reinforced on the sides and using them for lateral movement can break them down much faster. They are comfortable to do so, but your shoes will wear out faster.
Putting your Shoes in the Dryer Ruins Them
Some technology such as gel can break down when heated. Eventually, a shoe will get dirty, don’t wash and dry it. Spray it with a hose if you must.
Socks are Normally the Cause of Blisters
Most people believe the shoe causes the blister, but it’s usually a sock that has cotton in it. An exception is if the shoe is too small and thus rubbing but the majority of the time the sock is causing the blister.
Shoes Don’t Have a Break in Period
A running shoe shouldn’t have a break in period unless it’s too small. Do you see a trend here? Most people buy their running shoes too small and have to “break them in” or they have to stretch. If you purchase the correct size, they won’t do that. You should be able to wiggle your toes before a run, during a run, and after a run.
Questions for you:
What is something interesting you’ve learned about running shoes?
What is one running shoe you’ve tried, but realized it wasn’t for you?