Running shoes guide: Spring 2014
Every year, there seems to be an overarching theme in the sneaker market. And if 2013 was all about cushioning, 2014 will be dubbed the year of versatility – whether that means a lightweight shoe good for both trails and distance or a well cushioned shoe for speed and cross training. No matter if you’re a beginner or a marathoner, having proper sneaks in your arsenal can help prepare you for the miles ahead.
The hard part is finding “The One,” so understanding what your needs are can be key to your shoe-buying experience. Here are four things you should remember when out shopping this spring:
- Comfort is key. The feeling of comfort is different for everyone, but make sure you feel stable and have proper cushioning throughout. If you have certain pain points (like wider feet or bunions) look for extra room since your feet will swell while you’re out pounding the pavement.
- Be open to trying new brands. Your Nike Flyknits might have been the perfect pair back in the fall, but with new training plans and longer distances planned for this year, your needs may have changed. Check out other brands, like the Mizuno Wave Rider, for better options.
- Price tags don’t tell the whole story. You can get a great bargain on a pair of sneaks at a large retailer and can find a $300 pair of shoes at a specialty store, but neither may be what you are looking for. Search around at local running spots and talk to the experts to get a better taste of what’s available before making a purchase.
- Give it a test run. Most running stores will have a treadmill or space for you to give your shoes a quick test before purchasing them. Don’t be afraid to jog through the store to make sure they are the right fit.
One important thing to remember is there will never be a one-size-fits-all sneaker that works for every runner. So keep trying until it’s a match made in heaven.
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