During your visit to the running store, take some time to get to know the staff and get to know the sales associate. Ask the following questions: |
- How long have they worked at the store? - What is their running background? - What is the best shoe? Now this is the question of the day! If the associate states a particular brand is the best, buyer beware! The best shoe is one that is the correct category of shoe and the pair that feels the best on your feet. - Was the sales associate answering your questions? - Did they check the measurement of your feet both width and length? (Did you receive the same sizing as from your foot evaluation?) - What is the store return policy for running shoes? This is very important. Most running stores offer a 30 day return policy on shoes so know your running stores return policy. Keep your receipt and the shoe box. This will help in exchanging or returning your shoes.
Try on all of the brands in the store in the model that is appropriate for your foot type. Walk around the store, run on the store treadmill, heck, go ahead and take the shoes for a test run outside of the store! The main thing is you need to -Take Your Time - . A good running store will let you take as much time as you like in making your decision. If at any point you feel rushed, shop elsewhere. Finding the right shoes are paramount to your running success.
Expect to spend around £90 to £150 on up based on the shoe. If your budget allows, consider purchasing two pair of shoes to alternate. Running shoes typically last from 300 to 500 miles or approximately six months. If you are not sure how much life is left in your running shoes, have the shoes evaluated at the running store by an experienced shoe associate. If you begin to develop foot pain or pain in the shin area, it could very well be a simple action of replacing your shoes. Of course, if the pain continues more than five to seven days, it's time to see the Podiatrist so listen to your feet!
Once you have purchased your shoes, to keep track of the life of the shoe, discreetly write the date on the outside heel area. Do not write the date on the inside of the shoe as the marking will wear off as you run in the shoes. The date helps you keep track of the length of time for the shoes. Remember 500 miles or 6 months; whichever comes first!
Now what do you do with your worn out running shoes? Consider donating your shoes to charity or be green and recycle your shoes! Donated running shoes are cleaned and if usable are allocated to charitable organizations for distribution. You can locate local donation locations online by searching under running shoe donation or you can check with your local running store or running club. What a great way to give back to the community or the environment!
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