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Running Shoes - the 3 questions we are always asked

By Emily Smith

One of the most common things we podiatrists are asked is, “How do I choose the right runners?” Unfortunately, there is no black & white answer…

Q: How do I know which shoe is right for me?

There are many factors that need to be considered when choosing the correct running shoe, including size, fit, control factor and heel pitch.

For those just starting out, it is better to go with a more “supportive” shoe with a 12mm heel pitch, or, if you are a more experienced runner / gym goer, then you may be able to transition gradually into a lower profile and less ‘corrective’ shoe.

If you are injury-free, we suggest you seek advice from a specialist running shoe store. And by “specialist”, we mean a store with staff trained to fit you with a shoe, not someone who will try to sell you the latest trend. However, if you have an injury, or history of lower limb injury, it would be best to seek advice from a sports podiatrist before purchasing your new shoes.

Q: How much should I spend on running shoes?

Generally a RRP of $160 - $240 will get you a really good pair of running shoes. However, where possible, it is important to choose your shoe on fit, comfort and compatibility with your biomechanics and exercise requirements. Don’t make your choice on cost and the fabulous colours! Once again, be sure to seek advice from a reputable running shoe store.

Q: How do I know when my shoes are too old?

You would be surprised at the state of some shoes we see patients wearing when they come to see us! Usually a standard running shoe should last around 800km, where a light-weight running shoe may only clock up 600km.

You need to keep an eye on the outsole, being especially aware that the rubber has not worn through to the soft material. And if you start seeing compression lines in the soft material, the shoe will have lost its original feedback. Both of these are signs you need to look for some new shoes.

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