It is too easy to pick up shoes online based on your friend’s recommendation or to pick up the same brand/model as your previous shoes; especially since there are such lucrative discounts available online! There are several reasons why this is a bad idea. Let me mention just a few here:
Shoes should be picked based on Function, Fit and Feel.
- Function means picking your shoes based on your foot/running biomechanics (determined through a running gait analysis),
- Fit depends on the right size, matching the shape of the shoe to the shape of your foot, and
- Feel depends on how it feels while you walk/run in them.
None of these factors are possible to determine when you pick shoes online. Another big red flag is that very few runners realize that shoes have a shelf life of two years. This means that even if the shoe has never been used and has been sitting in a store somewhere- it “expires” after two years. This is the reason why online discounts exist- to get rid of old shoes!
Needless to say, running in shoes that have not been tested for Function, Fit and Feel and are “old” is a recipe for running-related injuries. It’s like setting yourself up for injuries. So my advice is to spend enough time and effort trying out various shoes till you find your solemate!
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As a runner, your shoe is THE most important investment you make. Hence, choosing the best running shoe for you should be on top of your game plan, as wearing the wrong shoe can fail even the best of training and diets!
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“SHOES” apart from helping us run also can do a very special job- show us the wear pattern. The bottom of the shoes not only can help us decide when to replace them but also show us where the force is getting concentrated while running. This video shows a few shoe wear patterns seen commonly and the reasons behind those patterns.
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