1. Visit a local Olympia Sports to
have your gait analyzed based on your foot type and biomechanics. Our
Customer Service Experts will then recommend a shoe that will work best for
you. The three main foot types are flat, neutral and high-arched–factors which
can help determine one’s level of pronation. In general, flat-footed runners
are fit into motion control shoes to help slow down the rate of over pronation,
while those with moderate to high arches are fitted for either cushioned or
stability shoes, which provide a mild amount of support but are still flexible
and well cushioned.
2. Choose which feel is right
for you. Do you prefer to feel the responsiveness of the road
with every stride, or do you like the cushioned ride of a more traditional
running shoe? The models of running shoes are endless. From racing flats to
trail shoes and everything in between choose the pair that will best suit your
personal preferences, as well as your running environment.
3. Make sure you have a half to a
full thumb’s nail length from your big toe to the end of the shoe. This
may require going up in size from your street shoe. Running causes our feet to
swell so you’ll want to have plenty of room in the toe box. If you’re toes are
crammed in the front of the shoe, you could develop blisters or black toenails.
4. Before buying, take a short run
around the store to test the fit, function and comfort before you make your
final purchase. Make sure the shoe you choose feels great
when you are running, not just standing.
5. To prevent injuries replace your
shoes every 300 to 400 miles depending on the surface that you run. Running
in old, worn-out shoes is one of the most common causes of running injuries.
Over time, our shoes lose cushioning, stability and shock absorption. You’ll
know when you need to replace your shoes when you feel discomfort in your joints