Did you know that it's better to have as many running shoes as many times you run per week? For example, if you run 4 times a week, it’d be great to enjoy 4 different pairs of running shoes. You may wonder why. The reason is your feet shouldn’t get adapted to the orthopedics of the one pair of shoes. Otherwise, there is a much higher risk of getting various sorts of injuries. The same is with the pace of running, distance, and even the route — your body shouldn’t get accustomed to the same movements. It needs the changes.
Want to know more interesting facts about running shoes? Read on!
It’d be better to go for a rule of thumb. What is it? Well, the size of your running shoes has to be between half and a whole size bigger than your regular shoes. In other words, when you stand on both feet in your running shoes, there should be a thumb's width of space in front of your longest toe. Why? When you run, your feet slide forward and can curl if there is no additional space. So, when you wear US size 12 in your working shoes, it doesn’t mean it will be ok for your running shoes. Aha, that’s it.
Nowadays, the manufacturers use new EVA combinations or PU materials, which are way softer and more flexible than the running shoes that were popular 10 years ago. These shoes have more cushioning, are lighter, and more breathable. But how to know how much cushioning you really need? Look at your dimensions — how much you weigh, how tall you are, etc. For example, a woman who weighs 55 kg will need a lower level of cushioning than a man who weighs 100 kg.
When you’re going to purchase a new pair of running shoes, don’t be afraid to grab the old one when going to the retailer. Why? This will allow the retailer to determine how your feet roll while running and where you put your weight. Thus, they will be able to recommend the pair that will fit you the best.