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How to Choose and Match Running Shoes

Now people pay more attention to their physical health, and they have more ways to exercise after work, among which running is the most common. Running equipment does not need to be too particular, but one piece of equipment is very important, that is, a pair of suitable running shoes. But many long-distance runners have made a lot of mistakes in choosing running shoes. What are the tips for choosing running shoes? Let’s find out together. 

Introduction to running shoes

Shoes that focus on the sport of running are called running shoes, which provide protection for the feet and help for sports when people run. A good pair of running shoes support, adjusts, and protects the feet from a physical point of view. Of course, running shoes are also a manifestation of people’s leisure style and energy.

Running shoe structure

  1. The outsole is the bottom layer of the shoe that is in contact with the ground. Wear-resistant, non-slip is the key to it. 
  2. The midsole, between the outsole and the insole. Flexibility and foot protection are the keys to it. The midsole is also a high-tech part of running shoes. 
  3. Upper, mainly refers to above the insole, including the entire upper part of the shoe. Breathable, easy to put on and take off, and beautiful are the keys to it. 

Running shoes classification

According to the needs of biomechanics, running shoes can be divided into three categories: providing shock absorption, providing stability, and providing motion control. 

Shock-absorbing running shoes: usually have a softer sandwich sole, which assists the foot to receive even force during exercise and helps the foot absorb shock. The shoe body is usually lighter, and the stability will be relatively poor.

Stability running shoes: The sole usually has a column with uniform force or a sandwich structure on the inside. 

Motion-controlled running shoes: They are stiffer, can reduce or control excessive pronation of the foot, prevent ankle injuries, and are usually heavier than other running shoes. 

How to choose running shoes?

  1. Choose according to the purpose of exercise

People who don’t usually run frequently or have long distances can choose casual running shoes or ultra-light running shoes. People who run every day can choose supportive or neutral running shoes. If it is professional competitive running, the main pursuit is running performance, you should buy professional sports running shoes. This type of running shoe will pursue lightness and support but will make some compromises in the protection of the human body.

  • Choose according to the foot type

Generally speaking, human feet are divided into three categories: valgus, varus, and normal. If the outer side of the heel and the inner side of the forefoot are relatively more worn, it means that it is a varus foot. If the outer side of the heel and the outer side of the forefoot wear more, it means that the foot is valgus. The outer side of the heel is easy to wear, and the inner and outer sides of the forefoot wear relatively uniformly, which is a normal foot. For different types of feet, some professional brand running shoe manufacturers have also launched products for specific foot types.

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