I should probably write this post entirely to myself. Let me tell you why I have even been looking into this. That is because....I never pay attention to detail....and it bit me in the butt this time around.
Tanner always fusses at me that I need to take vitamins and I need to take Ibuprofen if I'm hurting and I need to get appropriate shoes. He does this all out of love, but I'm just always so busy that I forget this little minor details. Let's be real, shoes are not minor. And it caused me a quad pull and either a stress fracture or a joint sprain in my foot to figure this out. Either way, I have recognized that this is very important ESPECIALLY when mileage starts getting high for a race like this weekend.
There are some really good brands and this is not all inclusive but the biggest names right now are :
All brands have started jumping on board so Under Armour, Nike, Adidas, Northface, Reebok, Merrell, and even Sketchers!!
So, how do you choose? Well first and foremost, you want to pick the prettiest color.
I'm kidding, but let's be real, that's my real first choice.
So, step 1: Have your foot assessed at a store (REI is a great one because they actually take a video of you on a treadmill so they can assess).
Most all runner pronate which means that you strike with your heel, then as you roll to the ball of your foot, your foot rolls inward somewhat onto your arch. However, people like me, overpronate. In cheerleading, I used to stand in stunts like literally on the side of my foot almost and I run the same way. I strike with my heel and then roll terribly inward. This can lead to knee problems and other injuries (thankfully my knees are okay).
You can always tell what your stride is by looking at a pair of shoes in your closet. You will be able to see where it is worn the most. If you supinate then that means that you roll to the outside, and so you will have wear on the outside edge of the shoes. If your stride is neutral then your shoes will just have equal amounts of wear.
I have a shoe from Brooks, and I was even fitted for the shoe but it's a neutral shoe and I don't have a neutral footsie. I need something that is going to pull the arch UP so that it doesn't strike straight on my arch. I'm giving you examples of me so that you know why this is important and most are overpronaters like myself.
There are three types of shoes:
Neutral (or Cushioning Shoes)
Stability (or motion controlled)
There is also minimalist shoes, which I love but I have found out that it's embarrassing to even admit in the running world that I wore these when I had my injuries because apparently they are just awful. Oops!
It's pretty simple which shoe that you choose. If you don't have any issues, then a neutral shoe is fine. If you overpronate slightly then light stability or if you haven't used a stability shoe before then light stability is a good start, and then you can move into a stability shoe. If you have terrible overpronation than a podiatrist may recommend that you get orthotics.
If you have a neutral shoe like myself then you can just get insoles that make the shoe more of a light stability shoe, however I find that insoles never fit in exactly right and I just hate the way they feel. Haha! That's just a personal opinion though, and may be a cheaper route if you already have a shoe.
With love and running shoes,