Planning to buy a new pair of running shoes? Our friends at runningbug.com have five key questions you need to answer first...
1 – Do you need a new pair of shoes?
Research has found that most running shoes have up to 500 miles in them, so keep a record of your runs to work out when you need a new pair.
2 – Do you need some specialist shoes?
Most sports stores will offer you the option to have a gait analysis, which will involve you running on a treadmill while they assess the way your foot lands. It’s simple, usually taking around 30 minutes, and will let you know whether you need special shoes.
3 – What surface are you running on?
For pavements, a standard pair of road running shoes will be fine, but for parks, countryside and other uneven terrain, you’ll need a trail shoe.
4 – How far are you running?
If you’re training for a marathon, you may need a completely different pair of shoes than you would if you’re chasing a 5K PB.
5 – How much are you planning to spend?
The most expensive shoes aren’t necessarily the best, but be careful of cheap shoes that aren’t made by running or sports specialists.
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