Finding a good pair of shoes is arguably the most important decision you’ll make when it comes to your running. Be prepared to spend a little bit more if necessary, and put in the time to find the best pair. But if you don’t even know where to start, we’ve got you covered.
1. Go to a running store.
Do not just buy the most stylist shoes you can find online or even at a “sporting goods store.” Go to a local running store to get fitted and try on a few different pairs. The staff will watch you run and give you suggestions on fit and style.
2. Consider any special needs.
Do you want more cushioning? A minimalist shoe? Try on everything while you’re in the store, but also ask the staff for their advice. If you overpronate (your foot rolls in when it lands) or supinate (your foot rolls out when it lands) you may need a stability shoe.
Most runners get sneakers that are anywhere from a half-size to a full-size larger than their regular shoes. When you run, your feet get hot and swell and you’ll need to extra space.
4. After everything else, consider the colors.
Once you get it down to a brand and style, then you can consider the colors or design. Luckily, most running shoe companies are coming out with better designs and colors, so you’ll likely have some decent options.