Purchasing the wrong running show can cause long-term injury. Pay attention to these 5 common running show buying mistakes to avoid purchasing the wrong pair:
- Feet Size
Many of us assume that we know our size. However, sneakers are increasingly improving with technology such as new foams and shock absorbance features, causing sizes to change. It is important that you measure your feet every time you purchase a new pair of running shoes. Not all brands carry the same size fit and by trying on the shoes, you can also test them for comfort. It is important to note that you should have a thumbprint of space at the tip of your shoes for flexibility and wiggle room.
- Time of Day
Yes, there is a right time of day to purchase your shoes. The reason for this is that your feet tend to swell during the course of the day and if you tried on a shoe size in the morning, by the time evening hits, your feet would have swollen and your show becomes tight. Always purchase shoes in the evening to avoid purchasing the wrong size.
Most people, especially the youth, choose running shoes because of the brand or how they look. Some brands make shoes for a specific purpose, such as running, soccer, gym. There is a reason why it is called running shoes so purchase shoes that are specifically meant for running, not because it is of a specific brand or looks good on your feet. Trust me, your feet will thank you for it, if they could speak.
For some, the price is an important factor. Some may purchase shoes because they are cheap and do not realize that the quality is poor and may not last long. You may end up purchasing several low-quality shoes, costing you a lot more than you would if you were to spend a reasonable amount on a good quality shoe that would last longer. Save yourself the expense and purchase a good quality running shoe that would last for 300 to 500 miles rather than 50 to 100 miles. Another point to note is that running shoes do have a lifespan so to avoid permanent long-term injury, change your shoes every 300 to 500 miles and do not wait for them to wear out.
This is a very common mistake. When purchasing running shoes, you may try them on with the disposable socks at the shoe store which are very thin, or maybe no socks at all which is definitely unhygienic as you never know what foot disease you can pick up from those who have tried on the shoe before you. By the time you are ready to go running, you put on your running socks which are thicker and now feels tighter than it did when you tried them on at the store. Walk with a pair of running socks when you go out to purchase your running shoe because tight shoes can cause blisters on your feet.