- Heel counters
- Flex at the toe box at the “knuckles of your feet” when you flex the shoes
- Give resistance when you wring the shoe lengthwise
- The last “outline of the sole” fits the contour of your feet
If The Shoes Fit, Wear It.
Do you know that it takes between 800 to a 1000 steps to run a mile for the average person? With all this impact, the running shoe is the single most important piece of equipment for a runner. What then to look for in a running shoe? Size: Badly fitted shoes can lead to blisters, corns and blackened toe-nails. Try shoes on with your running socks in the afternoon to ensure that you get a correct fit. There should be one thumb width space between your longest toe (not necessarily the first) and the front of the toe-box when the shoe is properly laced up. If you use orthotics, allow half a size to one size additional for the extra space. Besides the length of the shoe, note also that different models have different width. Similarly, if you have toes which are not straight, look for models with deeper toe box to avoid abrasions over the toes. Note that the actual size and the stated size can differ between models and brands. Shoe type: Not all shoes are made equal. Racers sacrifice cushioning and support for savings in weight, while trainers are designed for the many miles incurred in training. Trail shoes are designed for greater durability and traction. Construction: Check that the shoes have