How to shop for running/walking shoes.
May 7, 2013

Shopping Tips:

  1. Look at the general workmanship of the shoe (loose or uneven stitching, sloppy glue, etc.).
  2. Heel counter, the back of the shoe that cups the heel should be stiff and firmly attached.
  3. Run your hand along the inside to feel for any rough edges.
  4. Nylon material is the best for the upper portion of the shoe as it allows the foot to “breathe”.
  5. The weight of the shoe is overrated, do not use as a factor for shoe selection.

Fitting Tips:

  1. Even if the shoe is highly recommended, do not buy it if it does not fit correctly. A shoe that does not fit correctly will not work correctly.
  2. The heel counter should fit snug and firm, but does not dig into your heel. If not, check the width of the shoe.
  3. Allow at least one quarter inch up to a thumb nail beyond the end of your toes.
  4. Feet swell while running so do not choose a shoe that is too tight across the widest area of the forefoot.
  5. Put both shoes on, lace them up, and try them out. If they fit correctly, wear them.
  6. When trying shoes on, wear the socks that you would normally use when running or walking in them. Also, be sure to put the inserts or orthotics in that you would use to be sure they fit correctly.

– Scott Keenan, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

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