Hitting the track, trail, or sidewalk is a great way to take control of your health. But you don’t want to cause problems like joint pain or foot blisters that will derail your efforts. Whether you’re a beginning runner or a practiced marathoner, choosing the right running shoe will help you reap all the benefits of your workout without setting yourself up for an injury. When you’re ready to run your way to physical and mental health, here are three things to think about when buying running shoes.

This running shoe is great for short runs and has a removable insert. New Balance

If you’re a serious runner, you likely keep a log or record of your running mileage. Even if you’re a more casual athlete, you should be able to calculate how many miles you have on a favorite pair of shoes. Experts figure you should replace running shoes every 300 to 500 miles.

This product has a removable sock liner for joggers who want a more natural feel. WHITIN

There’s no doubt that you’ll give some thought to the color of a shoe’s uppers, but don’t overlook what the sole’s color tells you about the design of the shoe. Typically, a black sole contains some elements of carbon rubber, so they could be heavier and more durable. A white or colored sole might be blown rubber, which is lighter and degrades faster. Think about what surfaces you typically run on and choose the sole accordingly.

This pair is designed to protect ankles. PEAK

When buying online, it’s a good idea to go with a brand you’ve purchased before. Sizing can vary slightly between brands, and the width of the toe box and design approach to ankle collars and heel counters will be more consistent within a single brand. If you love one model from “Brand X,” it’s a good bet you’ll be a fan of their other shoes, as well.

Also Consider

This model is designed for neutral runners looking for a lightweight shoe and a smooth ride. Brooks

This pair is designed for joggers that don’t want to fool with laces. adidas

This pair absorbs heel crash as a foot hits the ground. New Balance