The beautiful days are back and so is running! For your workouts to be effective and comfortable, choosing the right running shoe for your needs is essential. However, with the variety of models available on the market, the task can be difficult. Here are the important points to consider in order to make an informed choice.
What terrain will you be running on?
In the city
Several terrain options are available to you for running. The shoe you choose will be appropriate for the types of terrain you run on. If you usually run in the city, you will opt for a lightweight shoe with a flexible and breathable upper. These kind of lightweight shoes will make you feel like you are barefoot while supporting your stride on the asphalt.
In the mountains
When it comes to the mountains, we recommend trail running shoes. These offer a slightly more robust upper, a more studded sole to provide better grip when climbing up and down rocks. These shoes will also be more robust and durable since they are designed to resist roots and branches.
What is your stride type?
We define the stride to the types of strides the runner has during their run. There are three types of strides. First, the pronator will turn his foot inward. The supinator will turn her foot outward and the runner neutral will remain substantially in the same line. Companies specializing in running shoes such as Asics and Saucony offer models for all types of runners. For example, pronator models will correct movement slightly by bringing the foot back in line. As for the supinator models, they will offer more stability and will serve to keep the lower body aligned to encourage the foot inward. We advise runners with orthopedic soles to opt for neutral shoes that offer no correction.
Do I need an incline in my shoe?
It all depends on the type of runner you are! First, the inclination or drop shoe thickness is the measure of the difference between the thickness of the sole under the heel and the thickness of the sole under the forefoot. Generally, the incline of a running shoe varies between 4 and 12 mm. This incline interval provides easier ground attack from the front and midfoot to prevent heel impact. This saves pressure on the joints and therefore prevents long-term injuries.
Under what conditions will you run?
If you are a cold-eyed runner who goes out rain or shine, opting for a waterproof trail shoe can be a great option. The breathable waterproof membrane will protect your feet from water while wicking away moisture well. However, this kind of shoe will be relatively warm when the temperature rises. They can also be great all-round shoes for light hiking if you don't have weak ankles. Note that shoes with membranes dry more slowly.
- Come and try on shoes in the late afternoon or evening when your feet are more swollen. This will give you a better idea of which size to choose when your feet are straining.
- Consider bringing your orthopedic orthotics to try on running shoes. It will give you the right time for grandeur and comfort.
- Feel free to run around the store to simulate the race for a more realistic fitting.
- You can bring your old shoes to the store so that we can assess the wear areas. This will tell us what types of shoes you offer.