It's a great time of year to buy shoes, so we wanted to make sure you get the right ones or know how to guide yourself and your runners to find the best running shoes! Here are 3 rules to help you decide:
Comfort – Comfort is the most important rule. Runners need try them out running, not just walking in them. No matter what, go for at least a few steps at a jogging pace to see how they really feel.
Lightweight – Running shoes need to be lightweight. It's easy to find how much a pair of shoes weighs, and the weight really impacts the work runners exert while running.
Favorable Form – People’s running form responds very differently to certain shoes. So, having a gait analysis to compare your mechanics in different shoes is an invaluable part of the shoe buying process and injury prevention. A proper gait analysis should incorporate whole body mechanics (not just pronation and supination!) and 3D technology. I'm in the market for a new pair of shoes for my 5K race and used 3D gait analysis to compare three models. Check out the video to see what I found!
The main take-away here is to use the 3 rules and find a running specialist near you who can assess your running mechanics in different shoes. It is worth the investment if you can avoid spending a bunch of money on a shoe that might be the wrong fit for you!
Blog contribution by Dr. Doug Adams PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS; RunDNA, Founder/CEO; Omega Project, Co-Founder
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