Your running shoes aren't supposed to kill your feet. they're supposed to fit well and enhance your running experience. Here's how to buy running shoes for you.

Did you know that most people run incorrectly? Did you know it's possible to run wrong?

One of the biggest mistakes people make is getting running shoes that don't actually fit their feet. Keep reading this guide for how to buy running shoes that'll improve your running game and keep your feet healthy.

Tips on How to Buy Running Shoes
Starting a new healthy-living routine? Maybe you want something good for long walks. Whatever the case, shoe buying is a process.

Comfort isn't the only concern when it comes to running shoes. Things like traction, support, balance, and shock absorption should all be considered, too.
Read below to get your shoe feature checklist.

Arch Type
Other than shoe size, your arch type is a great place to start.

Although there are some studies that say arch type is not as important as it used to be, it's still good to note.
We've got a quick list of shoes to try for the common arch types:

Flat Feet: Shoes that help with motion control or focus on stability.
Medium Arch: Neutral shoes or stability shoes again (try the nike air huarache dames)
High Arch: Neutral shoes

Minimalist vs. Maximalist

Some might think that the more features a shoe has, the better it must be. But that's not always the case.
Some might think that simple shoes or basic footwear will help them run better but like the maximalist perspective, this isn't always the case either.

A shoe doesn't have to have all the bells and whistles (or straps and buckles) to work. We recommend going for comfort.

Shoe Anatomy

To understand what you want in a shoe, you need to understand it's "anatomy" or make.

The first is the ankle collar. For this, you'll want to find a shoe that keeps your foot snug even while stretching or sprinting. You don't want your heel to rub up against the ankle collar!

Next is the heel counter. For this, you want something that gives support to the back end of the shoe. The more support will allow for smoother landings and control.

The toe box is something people notice pretty quick. When you get your foot in the shoe, make sure your toes aren't pressing up against each other or the tip of the shoe too much. A toe box that doesn't work will cause blistering and other running injuries.

Pro-Shopper Tips
While shoe shopping, it's easy to get carried away. We've put together a quick list of things to remember during your hunt.

1. Shop in Stores
We can't stress this enough. You have to try the shoe on. Try lots of shoes on! Find one that not only fits but fits so good you'll never want to take it off.

2. Wear the Proper Socks
There's nothing worse than when your shoes fit perfectly in-store but are too big when you get home. Make sure you wear the kind of socks you'd run with to the store (or bring them with you).

3. Try Them On - With Movement!
Don't just put the shoe on and walk back and forth once or twice. Stretch. Jog. Try a sprint. See how it actually feels!

If you're looking for more healthy running tips and ideas on how to buy running shoes, head over to our health page where we've got tons of fitness content. If you're curious about more self-growth that you don't see on our website, feel free to reach out and contact us.

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