Doing something for the first time is always an achievement, and running is no different. So if you have picked running as your new hobby of choice, let me congratulate you immediately! As with any new thing you embark on, you want to be sure that you are doing it right straight out of the starting blocks, if you’ll pardon the pun. This handy guide will help you to make the right decisions when buying your first pair of running shoes. It’s true what they say – start right, and half the work is done!
Before you bust your way through to the front of the next Asics shoes sale, think about the type of running you do, or intend to do. “But running is just… running!” I hear you say. Although it might seem this way to the uninitiated, the truth is a little more complex. When you start looking for the perfect pair of shoes, there are certain factors to bear in mind, such as whether the shoes are suited to your body type and the way you move.
You might not believe it, but…
As many as 4 out of every 5 runners wear shoes that are actually not suitable for them or their needs! You will need to make a decision based on your running style. The first question you will be asked if you were to visit one of the Asics stores in AU, is: are you a long-distance runner, a sprinter, or an off-roader?
For long distance runners, a more cushioned sole is recommended, as it provides insulation and impact protection over long distances, helping you to avoid injury and strain due to impact.
Sprinters will benefit from very lightweight shoes with a sole that is more responsive to the surface they are running on. A good grip without the sole being too thick, is ideal.
Off-roaders, also known as trail runners, need shoes that can handle challenging terrain. Good grip and stability, regardless of the surface, is crucial.
Once you know what running category you belong to, you will need to further your investigation by asking a few more questions.
What distance are you aiming to be able to run?
Remember that long distance means cushioning! Marathon runners need the support and impact protection of a cushioned shoe, to help protect their bones and joints from repetitive impact over a long distance, while a softer shoe is also a great help in preventing chafing and blistering.
Comfort, regardless of what stage of your race (or even just your training!) you are on, will greatly affect whether you are able to stick with the activity in the long run.
Where do you want to run?
The terrain where you choose to run will influence the shoes you need to buy for that. Ask anyone who has ever attempted road running in off-road shoes, or worse – trail running in road shoes! Even at entry level, it is important that you consider the surface you will be using, as well as the expected conditions of that environment. If you are likely to encounter an icy pavement, you should ensure that you are equipped to handle it! The same is true of rainy environments, which give rise to muddy conditions. Luckily, there are many Asics shoes for sale to address any of these concerns.
How do you pronate?
Pronation, or the natural side to side movement of your foot, is affected by your posture, weight, and overall build. Once you understand your pronation type, you will be streets ahead in your search. Overpronation refers to your feet rolling inwards when you run, while underpronation refers to the outwards rolling of the foot, where the outer edge of the foot takes most of the impact. In both cases, you will need shoes that are able to address the condition. For overpronators, a shoe with a bit of extra support under the arches often solves the problem, while under pronators benefit from shoes with extra cushioning.
What do you want to spend?
Now that you know what to do, have a look at any of the Asics stores in Australia – the right pair is lying in wait! As with anything, buying the best you can afford is always a good strategy, but be warned – that doesn’t mean paying too much. Work with a realistic budget and use what you know about your running style to help you pick the best kind!