BEGINNERS GUIDE TO BUYING SHOES.
When buying a pair of shoes you need to have realistic and reasonable expectations. If you train too much you will get injured no matter how good your shoes are.
A new pair of shoes will not magic an injury away. If you have had a history of injuries - potentially caused by your running technique - then you may need to speak to a sports injury specialist to rectify any problems you might have. This may involve a variety of physical therapy techniques and functional rehab exercises.
As with all new products whether a running shoe, car or a television, you get what you pay for. A cheaper pair of shoes may not perform as well as an expensive pair. For a good pair of running shoes for what you need you should be looking to spend £60 - £80 depending on your running gait.
When buying shoes most people can get a good idea of what they need by following a guide. But ideally you should visit a good specialist running retailer.
Take a pair of your old shoes along to the retailer; they will probably look at these to see how the soles have worn, they may look at your feet, ask questions about any injuries, past or present, and your training.
Alternatively you can book a video gait analysis through Start Line where the therapists will use a computer programme to assess your running style and mechanics. This is a lot more accurate than the naked eye. The therapist can then ‘prescribe’ or suggest a shortlist of shoes for you to try on and have a run in.
In some cases the specialist retailer or therapist might advise on visiting a podiatrist for a set of personalised insoles called orthotics to be made for you.
You can also get these made for you by Dr. Simon Spooner (01752 241442) and can range from £100 - £150, in my view they are one of the cheapest in Devon. Orthotics are designed to correct any problems with your feet preventing issues elsewhere, which a conventional specialist running trainer can't solve.
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