Choosing running shoes can seem like a daunting task, given the huge range that can be found in the market today. However, following a few basic tips, that we will try to illustrate here the most simple and graphic way as possible, buying shoes to practice our favorite sport -or even if we are entirely beginners- becomes much more feasible.
Pronator or supinator?
First, something we have to understand is the importance of the type of stride, as we saw earlier. It's very important to know if we are pronator, supinator or neutral, since many brands offer models for every type of foot. The wrong choice can originate troublesome and even serious joint problems, long-term. If we fail finding an appropriate shoe, suitable to our characteristics, a good solution may be an insole, specifically designed for us.
Everything has a price
The price is also important, of course. If we are not professionals or amateur but expert runners, a high-end model will not significantly improve our performance, even though someone tries to sell us otherwise. On the other hand, it's clear that we should not settle for the cheapest, since a bad shoe can frustrate all our sporting aspirations without we even realize why.
Most brands have middle range of sports shoes that can help us giving our first strides -in a literal and metaphorical sense of the term-, with guarantees of stability and health for our feet. As we move into the exciting world of running, we will realize that there are different models with specific adaptations according to weight or complexion of the runner. In addition, the usage of footwear will also begin to be important: competition, training, trail running: our own experience and tastes will indicate the way forward.