Three Things to Consider Before Buying Running Shoes

With the right footwear, you’ll feel like you can run for miles and miles.

Running on beach with running shoes.
A good pair of jogging shoes can minimize the impact on your joints.Dulcey Lima

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.

New Balance Men's Minimus 20 V7 Cross Trainer
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.

WHITIN Men's Minimalist Trail Runner | Wide Toe Box | Barefoot Inspired
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.

PEAK Mens Basketball Shoes Breathable Sneakers Lou Williams Lightning Professional Anti Slip Sports Shoes for Running, Walking
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.

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