There are so many running shoes on the market that it can be baffling to actually make a choice and buy a pair. You do not want to make a purchase that you will regret, and the following list of DOs and DON'Ts will help you avoid this fate.
DO choose the right size. Whether you believe it or not, there are people all over the world who are not very accurate when it comes to their shoe size. While they may believe that they wear one size, the reality is sometimes quite different.
Running shoes are not universal, so the same size may feel very different depending on the shoe. Consider the fact that your shoe size may be different from usual and select the one with the best fit. If you're buying from a decent specialist store - take their advice!
DON'T buy cheap running shoes. It is easy to walk into any store that sells shoes and grab a cheap pair of what appear to be 'running shoes', but this is not something that you should consider. Cheaply made materials can do a real number on your feet, and are simply not good for your health. Things like great physical look cannot make up for that. Think value, not cheap.
DO void spending more than you have to. Yes. you should invest some money into buying a quality shoe, but it is not necessary to buy the most expensive one available. Instead of looking for a pair that have all kinds of trendy looks, you should focus on those that will provide you with the greatest benefits. Remember - value not cheap, right?
DON'T forget to leave room for socks. When many people buy running shoes they forget to leave enough space so they can comfortably wear thick socks. If you know that there is a chance that you will not be able to fit a shoe when you have on certain socks, it would be best to choose a larger size. But really, take socks with you.
DO consider the shape of your foot. There are some people who have very narrow feet, while others have feet that are much wider. You need to take this into consideration when you are buying running shoes. You do not want to buy a shoe that has the correct length and the width is all wrong. Measuring both will help you select the best-fitting pair.
If you are in the market for running shoes, you should consider all of the information here. It will make it easier for you to select the best pair out of the myriad that are available on the market. Also check out our tips for new runners.