How to Shop for Running Sneakers

You may love your Girls UGG Boots, but you can’t exactly hit the pavement and go for a run in them, can you? When it comes to running sneakers, there are a lot of choices out there. How do you know what the perfect pair is for you? Read on to find out more about choosing the best sneakers to help you run longer and faster than ever before.

5 Important Sub-Categories of Running Sneakers

1. Arch: Is your arch normal or is it lower or higher than normal?

2. Pronation: Does your foot roll inward? This will help absorb shock. However, some people over-pronate.

3. Cushioning: How soft or firm should the sole of the sneaker be? Does it have the right firmness in both the front of the sneaker and in the heel?

4. Flexibility: How much does the sneaker flex as you push off the ground?

5. Responsiveness: How well does the shoe fit your foot? Does it move the right way as you walk and run?

3 Types of Running Sneakers

1. Performance Training Sneakers: This type of sneaker is generally recommended for people who are going to be running in races. It’s important for the runner to have a good and efficient gait. Performance training sneakers should fit your foot snugly and they usually weigh less than other types of sneakers.

2. Neutral Sneakers: If you need a lot of cushioning in the middle of the sole, neutral sneakers are for you. However, it’s important to note that these types of sneakers don’t have a lot of medial support or side support. In general, neutral sneakers work best on people who have a small amount of pronation and who have either high or normal arches.

3. Stability Sneakers: If you have mild pronation or if you over-pronate, consider stability sneakers. These sneakers are also idea for people with low or normal arches, providing the running with a lot of cushioning and support. Stability sneakers are also ideal for women who weigh over 160 pounds and men who weigh over 185 pounds.

Ask a Pro

Stores that have a wide selection of running sneakers will often have employees that can help you make your decision. Different shoes fit different people, and everything from your abilities and size to the type of running you prefer will play a role. Professional sneaker salespeople will be able to analyze your gait and your needs to fit you for the right sneaker.