Finding running shoes can be a difficult task when there are so many choices on the market. It is important to find the right pair to prevent injuries while running. 

At Renew Physical Therapy, we spoke to Fleet Feet in Seattle to give you five things to keep in mind when choosing the proper running shoes:

  1. Avoid Non-Running Shoes: Sneakers may look like running shoes, but they do not contain the same support. Running shoes are designed for injury prevention.
  2. Find Your Fit: Shoes that do not fit properly are uncomfortable to move in. Your foot should fit snug at the heel with some wiggle room around the toes.
  3. Choose the Right Type: Learn the different types of running shoes and choose one that fits your needs. Whether you are hitting the tracks or trails, there is a shoe for every runner.
  4. Visit a Shoe Store: While online shopping is convenient, if you can, taking the extra steps to visit an athletic shoe store can be worth it. There, you can get your feet measured, try on many shoes, and even give them a test run!
  5. Replace Your Worn Shoes: As you add miles onto your shoes, they will start to lose shock absorption, cushioning, and stability. Running shoes should be replaced every 300 – 500 miles to prevent injuries.