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9 Expert Tips on Buying Running Shoes

A runner really only needs one thing when it comes to running gear and that is good running shoes. The importance of good runners that are specific to the individual's foot style cannot be emphasized enough. If you do not get good sneakers, you could end up with blisters, losing toenails or worse. Not to mention the amount of discomfort that you will experience during your run.

Below you will find 9 tips to help you choose and buy a good pair of running shoes.

Purchase your shoes in the morning or early afternoons. Your feet expand during the day and are bigger in the evenings than in the mornings. Trying on your runners early in the day means that you will not end up with tight fitting shoes. Also make sure that you wear the same kind of socks that you will wear when you run. Bring a pair of your running socks when you go shopping for running shoes.

Always go with shoes that are at least half an inch longer in front. This will ensure that your toes are not cramped when you run. One easy way to check this is to wriggle your toes. If they can move around easily you are good.

If you can afford it, purchase two pairs of runners. That way you can alternate them. This not only increases the life of the shoe, but also gives them extra time to air out, very important if you are a frequent long distance runner.

You will find how good your shoe is only when you run long distance wearing them. Just going for short runs is not enough, go for one long run at least to find out how they are.

If you have a running event coming up, make sure that you buy your new running shoes in plenty of time to wear them in and get used to them during your training runs. That way you can go for a couple of runs wearing them to find out how comfortable they really are. Never wear a brand new pair of shoes on the day of the event.

Many shoes will feel comfortable when you walk with them, but will tend to start getting uncomfortable when you start running with them. Go to a sports specific store to buy your shoes. Many of them have treadmills where you can actually go for a run for at least a couple of minutes to find out if they are really comfortable. Look for any looseness behind your heel and whether the balls of your feet are firmly gripped while leaving your toes free. Remember that once you buy them, running stores can be very particular about returning them if they have been worn outside.

No amount of breaking in will transform a badly fitting shoe into a good one. Get one that fits you well, and take your time to pick the right shoe. It is better to pay a little more and get a nicely fitting shoe, than to get one that does not fit as well.

Different shoes have different capabilities. Some are made to be worn on the track alone, while others can be worn on hard surfaces like the road. Still others are made to be worn on rough terrain for trail running. If you are going to be running off-road, get runners that are designed for that. Sometimes choosing the cheapest shoe will only make the run uncomfortable apart from wearing out the shoes too quickly.

Make sure that you replace your shoes when they wear out. Everything has a life including your shoes. This life span differs depending on how the runner was constructed, but, on average, running shoes will last 500 miles. Plus, if you are a mid foot runner, it is possible that you shoes will last longer than others.