What Kind of Running Shoes Should I Get?

“What kind of shoes should I get for running?” I get this question all of the time from clients.

The answer is simple: It all depends on what works for you.

Everyone has a different brand of shoe that is ideal. Do you over-pronate? Do you have a high arch? These all require a specific shoe type. Visit your local running specialty store and ask for a Running Gait Analysis where they will take a video of you running on a treadmill. Based on your form, they will fit you in the proper shoe.

Once you purchase running shoes, do not use them for anything other than running! If you wear them to the gym to lift weights, they can cause some instability in addition to wearing out the cushioning and arch. Research suggests changing your running shoes after 300-500 miles. I like to alternate between two pairs to not put all of my miles in one pair.

Learn more about buying running shoes: How To Buy Running Shoes

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About Alyssa

Alyssa is an American Council on Exercise certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor as well as a Road Runners Club of America certified Level 1 Running Coach. Alyssa has over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry. A 3:40 marathoner, Alyssa ran her first marathon on her wedding anniversary in 2012, has run 10 marathons, and will be running in the Boston Marathon this April.