How Should Running Shoes Fit: Comfy Is the Name of the Game

Natalie Cecconi
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How Should Running Shoes Fit: Essential Knowledge for Every Runner

Running is among the best ways to keep your body in shape and stay in good physical shape. It strengthens your bones and muscles, improves your balance, coordination, and endurance, and is also pretty effective in reducing stress levels. Therefore, it is no wonder that a lot of people start running to improve their health.

Running has its blessings and cautions. Some people get injured while running. It’s important to be well equipped before you hit the streets.

Your running shoes are the foundation for any good running experience. You need to make sure that your shoes fit you well and are appropriate for your specific needs if you want to stay safe on the trail.

In this post, we’re going to take a closer look at how running shoes should fit so that we can help you find the ones that work best for you.

Running shoes are designed for a variety of different running styles. In case you are a beginner, choosing a running style (e.g., neutral, heel striker, etc) is not the most important thing. What you need to focus on is finding a comfortable running shoe that supports your feet and offers a good fit to avoid injuries.

As a rookie, you don’t need to worry about what running style you should be – you just need to find the right pair of shoes.

Buying from a Physical Store versus Online

If you are lucky, your local running store will be staffed by people who love running, love helping people get into running, and love running gear. If you’re not lucky, it’s like any other retail experience.

If buying online, you may never see your shoes, but you get better prices. There’s a trade-off.

If you don’t know your running foot type yet (everyone is different), ask a store salesperson to find out.

Don’t just go for the one with the biggest discount. Not all running shoes are created equal. Also, don’t buy shoes with the biggest discount just yet.

While some people like buying online, there is some risk. You never know if the product is counterfeit, was damaged in transit or failed quality control. The tags….

And don’t confuse running shoes with hiking shoes. Remember, they are built for two different things.

Another benefit of a physical store is you get the shoes that fit.

Most online runners get the wrong fit at least once.

You may find them a little tight and uncomfortable when you try them on the first time. But if you try to break them in early, you can mess them up for good.

A Word from the Pros

The proper fit of running shoes is essential to avoid blisters and injuries. Proper fit will also increase your performance and prevent soreness.

With so many running shoes on the market, it would be lot to figure out which running shoes to buy. To help you choose the proper pair, we sat down with some of the best runners around.

Here is what they had to say about what you should look for when buying running shoes.

Apart from looking at the tread of the shoe and any additional features (which puts the shoe in its category) you should always check to make sure the shoe looks like it fits your foot.

By wearing running shoes that are too tight, you increase the chance of getting blisters.

Final Thoughts

Finding the right pair of running shoes can be tricky. Not only do their differences affect how you run and how sore your feet will feel after a run, they can also have a big impact on your overall posture.

When running with the wrong pair of shoes, your body will naturally compensate for every inch of extra room in the shoe, putting your feet and spine out of alignment. Not only that, but running with an uneven step will continue to work a particular muscle over time, leading to an overuse injury.

A good pair of shoes will be “comfy” in both the heel and the toe box, with a snug fit throughout. If your toes are constantly hitting the toe box at the front, or if there is a chunk of extra room in the heel, it’s time to ditch them for an alternate pair.

As you’re working on building your running wardrobe, keep your own personal workspace in mind and consider shoes with these 5 tips for proper foot alignment in mind.