Whether you’re training for a marathon or working out just to keep fit, good and proper shoes are so important. The right shoes not only provide a decent foundation for your entire body but it can also help prevent injuries such as shin splints or an aching back while you are exercising. As running shoes are definitely not a “one size fits all” scenario, there is without a doubt the perfect pair just for you. So, to help you choose the correct sneakers, we’ve put together a short guide with some expert tips.
Shop In The Evening
First things first, before you decide to go shopping, it’s always best to try go later in the day. Wondering why? Well, over the course of the day, our feet tend to swell, meaning that when you do exercise the same with happens. This is why it is ideal to get shoes fitted when your feet are at their largest. People who shop for work shoes earlier on in the day generally find that their shoes are too tight or very uncomfortable.
Use The Rule Of Thumb
Using your thumb when shopping for sneakers might just be one of the most useful things. Let us explain, so once you have tried on the shoes you want, make sure there is about 3/8-1/2 inch between the front of your big toe and the end of the shoe (roughly a thumbs width). Additionally, the heel should fit relatively tightly – but not too tight, just enough that your heel doesn’t slip out when you walk. The upper part of the shoe that goes over the top of your foot should be compact and secure.
Always Take Your Own Socks
This tip is something that many people often forget about. When you decide to go sneaker shopping, remember to take a pair of socks, ones that you would generally wear to run or workout with. This will help you get a better idea of how the shoe will fit. Also, no one really wants to use socks that other customers have previously used, right? In addition, if you wear orthotics it is so important that you take those along too.
When Do You Replace Your Shoes?
As a general rule, you should consider replacing your running shoes after about 400 to 500 miles. However, there are also some other reasons as to why you should throw your sneakers out. Some of them include, when you don’t feel like your shoes are as supportive or comfortable, or even when your toes wear through the toe box and the front part of your shoe tear. Depending on your running style and how worn out your shoes may be, many experts say that you shop for a new pair of runners sooner rather than later. Continuing to exercise with overused shoes can also cause a lot of damage to the body as well as increase the risk of injury to the feet, legs, pelvis, and back.