- How to choose your running accessories?
- How to choose your running clothes?
- How to choose your running shoes?
What are the best running shoes?
It is crucial you find the best running shoes for your needs while exercising. This is because comfortable footwear which are well fitted to your feet are key to avoiding blisters, sprains and so many other kinds of injury.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT SIZE
When you run, your foot slides forwards by between a few millimetres and half an inch. To select the best running shoes for you, make sure your toes don't touch the front of the shoes, otherwise you may end up with blisters and black nails!
Half an inch or slightly less between your toes and the end of the shoes is advisable, so, your running shoes will probably be one size bigger than your everyday shoes.
Or just want to know more about the fitting process of running shoes? No problem: just use the scale on our website. But to work out your size in a flash, follow these steps:
- 1. Stand against a wall, heels touching the wall.
- 2. Place an object (a book, for example) against your longest toe.
- 3. Measure the length between the wall and the object.
- 4. Repeat this process for the other foot.
- 5. During excercise and just after, the feet will be swollen. If you didn't make a physical effort before measuring your feet though, don't hesitate to add half an inch to find the size you need.
- 6. If the length between each foot is different, always choose the largest.
FACTOR IN YOUR WEIGHT
Whether you weigh 9 stones or 15, your should consider your weight when selecting your shoes. If you weigh over 12.5 stones, cushioning should be your priority: to find your best running shoes, choose an intermediate sole made of harder foam with additional cushioning technology for the heel and forefoot.
ROAD OR TRAIL RUNNING SHOES?
It is crucial your best running shoes are fitted for the ground you train on.
Road running shoes, for example, give the priority to good cushioning, as it is on this ground that the footwear wears out the most quickly. If you run on paths then, choose a good support for the foot and a notched sole fitted to natural obstacles.
For jogging on wild terrain, off-road and on trails, it's wise to invest in footwear designed for these disciplines. In the wild, your shoes should be strong, provide good ankle support and have a good grip: these are the key characteristics of trail running shoes for mens or womens.
TRAINING OR COMPETITION?
Your aims are not the same when you are training or competing. As a result, the type of running shoes you will be wearing will vary from one practice to the other
- To train
When training or occasionally running, we advise you to choose running shoes weighing between 300 and 400 grams. These shoes are efficient on roads and paths and will provide stability, comfort and cushioning.
- To compete
When competing, performance will be a priority over comfort. Therefore, we advise you to go for light running shoes (150 to 280 grams). The more experienced and powerful the runner is, the lighter the running shoe should be.
WHEN TO CHANGE MY RUNNING SHOES FOR NEW ONES?
It is hard to check the worn state of your best running shoes, as wear and tear will appear progressively. To make sure your footwear is still up to the task, check if there is a fold on the intermediate sole, if rips have appeared or if the studs are worn out.
You will be able to run 1500 to 2000 km (900 to 1250 miles) with the heavier running shoes with thicker soles, designed mainly for training.
However, you will need to replace your lighter running shoes designed for competition more frequently, every 300 to 500 km (180 to 310 miles).
WHEN IS THE BEST MOMENT IN THE DAY TO CHOOSE MY RUNNING SHOES?
To choose the best running shoes for you, leave trying them on until the end of the day. When you run or walk, your feet will tend to swell; while jogging for 30 to 45 minutes will make them flatter. For this reason, we recommend you choose your running shoes in the latter half of the day, rather than first thing.