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How To Choose The Best Running Shoes

Choosing the best running shoes can seem like a tough process.

For me there are 3 main factors to consider:

1. Your weight
2. How far you will be running
3. Foot bio-mechanics

1.Your weight.

Your weight is an important consideration since it will determine how rigid a shoe you want and what type of absorption material or cushioning you may need.

A firm heel with good shock absorption is advisable if you weigh more than 150 pounds (women) or 190 pounds (men).

2. How far will you run.

A running shoe on the higher end with better quality material would be my first choice since you do not want the cushioning to break down to fast. This is asking for running injuries such as plantar fasciitis or knee pain.

3. Foot bio-mechanics

Do you have a flat, neutral or high arch.

Dr. Scholls have an arch evaluation tool that I saw at Walmart the other day. They use it to determine the insoles that would fit you best but useful to evaluate your foot bio-mechanics.

An imprint in the sand can also tell you.

Here is an image to give you a better understanding.


Foot 1 – flat arch
Foot 2 – neutral arch
Foot 3 – high arch

If you over pronate (flat feet) then motion control running shoes can benefit you, this avoids strain on the plantar fascia.

Choosing the correct shoe is trial and error. You have to go through a few manufacturers to determine the feel and style you want.

Good luck on your choice ad speak to you soon.

Peter