In Search of Shoes (part 1)

Now that many of us can be seen taking advantage of the warm spring weather by running, walking, and biking around the neighbor after dinner, it’s a good time to discuss proper foot ware.

Your activity and level in intensity plays a really big role in dictating your foot ware choices. When shopping for sneakers, make sure you pay attention to the labels on the shoes…just like we would do on our food! Most of the leading shoe manufacturers will properly label foot ware and have a variety of choices but not all are created equal. This is especially true for runners.

Our choice of running shoe need not be expensive nor do we need to worry about this year’s styles and colors and most of us do not need to go to the special shoe store to be fitted with the latest and greatest equipment. All of these things are very nice to have, don’t get me wrong. I’ve been running for over 15 years and have been everywhere from the outlet store to Jenkintown Running Company. But there is a difference between ‘want’ and ‘need’. What you ‘need’ is a shoe that hugs your foot in the right places, has enough cushion and arch support for your chosen activity, and is in your price range. When I find the right type of shoe, I buy it and will not stray from that brand and make. I’ve even purchased 2 of the same pair if they were that good of a shoe for a good price. The more mileage you clock, the more shoes you will need.

For example – I have a wider front foot and because of this, I cannot buy regular NIKE running shoes. NIKE has a tendency to fit those of us with longer and narrower feet. If I want to purchase a NIKE shoe, it has to be one specifically labeled as wide. My go to choice is the Asics Gel because it feels good on my foot the first time I try it on. If I try on a sneaker and I feel I need to ‘break it in’ the second I put it on…It’s not for me. New Balance is also good for wider feet.
It is true that you should purchase shoes later in the day as opposed to the morning. This ensures a better fit. You should also try on BOTH shoes – left & right foot. This allows you to walk around the aisle a little bit, bounce around in them to make sure they’re flexible enough for you. Always have the type of sock you plan on wearing when you exercise…sometimes the littlest thing can though off a good fit…like a seam.


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