How to choose a pair of shoes suitable for you?

No matter what sport you play, the shoes you wear are essential. When running, we need to carefully choose which shoes to wear for running, because a right running shoe can bring the runner a sense of relaxed pleasure.

When you decide to run, you might think of buying a pair of running shoes. Don’t worry, let’s talk about running shoes.

First: why running shoes exist

Our daily runs can take a toll on our knees. The force of the impact is about three to five times your body weight. When we run, we jump into the air, hit the ground, and then jump into the air again. The cartilage of the knee absorbs these impulses. If a person weighs about 60 kilograms, the impact on their knees during a run is about 200 kilograms. Many poorly protected runners suffer from knee injuries for the rest of their lives or have to hold onto things to walk. So when we run, we need something to replace the knee to absorb the impact and protect the bones. So, running shoes.

We can think of a running shoe as a spring. When we run, we use something instead of the cartilage of knee to absorb the impact and to deal with the shock absorbers of the running shoe. It can take some of the deformities that the knee cartilage was supposed to take on and give them to these materials, so the knee has less work to do. Running shoes aren’t for us to run faster; they’re for us to run without getting hurt. That’s why running shoes exist.

Second, the types and distinctions of running shoes

1. Jogging shoes: for ordinary runners. Focus on protection and avoid sports injuries. The average life span is 1000 km. Characteristic is heavy, protect perfectly.

2. Performance training shoes: for professional and semi-professional long-distance runners, especially for track training. The shoes focus on protection and light balance, both to avoid training injuries and to allow athletes to perform.

3. Marathon shoes: shoes only for the marathon, not suitable for daily jogging. It is light to almost no weight, inadequate protection and short life.

Knowing the types of running shoes, let’s take a look at how to tell them apart: running shoes tend to be heavy and have very thick soles. Performance shoes are centred, so they feel lighter than regular sneakers and much lighter than running shoes. Marathon shoes are very thin, almost weightless, with flat soles that are easy to tell apart. Jogging shoes are more suitable for runners. These shoes offer less protection than running shoes because professional athletes are in better physical condition and have far better skills to avoid sports injuries. Manufacturers have to give up a lot of protection in the pursuit of lightness. These shoes exist for only one purpose, the pursuit of the highest performance for professional marathon runners.

Third:  Decide what shoes to use

Please see the four points as follows before you decide what shoes you are going to wear.

  1. Running conditions

Roads divide into cross-country and trail running. Off-road refers to a way that is not built by hand or is not so “good”: a mountain road, a dirt road, a forest. Trail runs include tracks, routes, etc. Very straight roads, plastic, cement, asphalt, etc.

  • Running posture

It is the most essential and least error-prone step. If you get it wrong, you could end up spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on running shoes and running for a day. There are three general running postures: valgus, varus, and severe varus. These three are continuous asymptotic relations.

Corresponding relation:

Valgus — high arch — no sash or insole — running shoes: shock absorbers

Varus (undervalue) – no sash or outer sash – low or medium arch – running shoe: stable

Severe varus — typical flat foot — stiff external figure — corresponding running shoes: posture correction

The majority of people are pronated or pronated, and severely pronated shoes are hard to buy.

  • Foot shape judgment

You can take off your socks to determine foot shape, but this judgment is not accurate. Those with high arches may also pronate, while those with low arches may also pronate. One hundred per cent accuracy requires a professional running posture machine, or an experienced person looking at your working posture.

Another 100 per-cent accurate method requires you to find a pair of running shoes with no attitude correction, including shock absorbance shoes, marathon shoes, etc. Run until the shoes severely worn out, and then look at the wear. Shoes that don’t have attitude correction include the Dover marathon shoe, the two-star board shoe, and so on. If you’ve ever run in these shoes, look at the front pump. If it’s the outside of the front foot (the side of the little toe), it’s an ectropion, and if it’s the inside (the bottom of the big toe), it’s an ectropion. If the two sides are about the same, and it looks like they’re grinding hard in the middle, try both shock absorbers and stability shoes.

For high arch strength, try the stability type. For low arch strength, try the stability type.

  • Equipment quantity

The quantity of equipment is a combination of two concepts: weight + exercise intensity.

The higher the weight, the more intense the workout, the higher the impact of running. Influence represents the strength of a single effect, and exercise intensity represents how long the effect will last. Running is about as hard as your knees get hit and how long.

Generally speaking, good running shoe design to handle the intensity of a single workout of more than three kilometres, three or more times a week. Running shoes can generally divide into two gear levels, lightweight and mass.

Bulk grades design for heavyweights, which means if you’re underweight and you’re not hitting hard enough, these “top of the line” stretchy materials are too hard. For the runner, the apparent feeling is: the soles are hard! In this case, the running shoes don’t absorb enough energy, and your knees need to consume more.

So, it is better to choose the level of equipment according to their weight. Do not only look at the top. The line between high and light material is generally 75 kg. If your load is close to this line and the distance is large or small, it is best to be flexible.

*Compared with men running shoes, in addition to function and material, colour, design and style should also be on the top 10 of the list regarding why I should choose this one.

If you’re going to a running shoe store, you’d better take your old shoes. The wear and tear on the old shoes and the stretch on the side of the boots tell them where you stand when you walk and how your feet move when you run.