Most people will have you believe that the easiest part about running, is buying a new pair of running shoes. But they are wrong.
There are so many alternatives, and with all the talk about gait analysis, minimalism, traction, prop-up, finding the right shoes can be a chore. Another major problem that gets in the way of buying a pair of running shoes are an unfounded number of myths about running shoes.
The article aims to separate shoe fact from fiction, because a little fairy tale shouldn’t come in the way of your chances of getting the best running shoes.
Every runner has a ‘best shoe’
This is not true. People may have their favourite shoe brand which they can always rely on, but there’s no such thing as a best shoe for running. This is because each person has peculiar biomechanical and training needs. We are all built differently, in size and shape- our feet have different structures.
If it were true, the best running shoe in the world won’t work for everyone, and a ‘worst’ running shoe might still work for some athletes. So, the next time someone tells you they have the best shoe, smile and say, you’ve got your own best shoes.
All running shoes are the same
This is also wrong. Surely, different running shoe companies use different technologies to develop their shoes, but the most significant difference is the easiest answer; fit. You don’t expect all shoes to fit in the same way, and a huge factor in winning any race is the fit. You won’t be able to run fast if your shoes were loose or too tight. Hence, not all running shoes are the same. The key to great running, is finding a shoe with a snug fit.
A shoe is a prescription
Be careful about store assistants who claim to tell you what type of feet you have, and the shoe you deserve. Most times it’s nonsense, and it can ruin your chances of even getting yourself the right shoes. For example, when you go to a store, the sales person says something like “Ah, you have weak ankles; you need overpronater shoes.” Then you spend your whole running career looking for this overpronator ‘prescription.’
A specialty shoe shop can get something suitable for you at a particular time, but shouldn’t tell you what you ought to wear your whole life.
You should wear one type of shoe
It is not unusual to find people ‘dedicated’ to one type of shoe. After all, many sports athletes appear to wear only one type at a time. The reason is because their contract binds them to that brand, and not because it’s best for them. Most times these athletes might prefer to try other brands.
In reality, wearing different types of running shoes gives you some flexibility and adjustment. It also prevents injury over time. Your interaction with the ground changes differently so you can stride with ease.
Now that you know the truth, you should be able to buy something worthwhile for yourself.