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There’s no single ‘best shoe’ – everyone has different needs. All sorts of things - your biomechanics, your weight, the surfaces you run on, and obviously, the shape of your feet - mean that one person's ideal shoe can be terrible for another person.
There are three main shoe categories (cushioned, stability and motion control); and three minor ones (performance training, racing and off-road). The first three are everyday options and are categorised essentially by your biomechanical needs; the second three are more specialised and you’d often only consider them as second shoes.
The first step in finding your basic shoe needs is to visit a Podiatrist who is a biomechanics expert or experienced shoe retailer, talk to them about your feet and what sort of shoe they think will be best for you.
There are so many different brands and designs of shoes on the market it is impossible to cover them all here. We thoroughly recommend trying as many shoes on to get the best idea of what suits you. It is very important to take your time don’t hurry buying a pair of shoes. Buy them from a reputable shoe shop, one where the staff know what they are talking about. If you are still unsure buy them on the condition you can take them back (if you have not worn them) take them to your Podiatrist and have him check them out.
Shoes are very important to a runner, don’t try and get too long out of them remember they protect your feet. The foams in them do take a pounding and as such they don’t last forever so replace them regularly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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