Tips To Choose Best Running Shoes for Women

Tips To Choose Best Running Shoes for Women

No matter if you’re preparing to run a big race or working to get into shape, knowing what to look for in running shoes is key. There are several factors that go into choosing a pair that fits your needs. However, once you find the right pair, you may find yourself running in a different gear. Let us guide you in choosing the right running shoes for you.

Consider your weight

One of the main functions of a running shoe is to cushion and absorb part of the impact on the ground, which in turn causes stress on the joints of the ankle, knee, and hips. Heavier runners need more cushion and protection than lightweight runners. At the same time, lightweight runners will find a shoe that’s too cushioned unstable, and unresponsive.

Consider your stability

Each time you run, you submit your body to a force that is 1.5 to 2 times your bodyweight. Your ankle is your body’s natural shock absorption system – but not all ankles support your gait equally well. Some people’s ankles are more unstable and need a shoe that’s more structured, in order to keep the foot aligned while running and helps to avoid landing in a wrong position that will, inevitably, lead to injury. We don’t subscribe to the usual stability paradigm that your arches height (high arches vs flat feet) determines if you need a stability shoe or not. But we do recognize that some ankles need more support than others.

Consider your foot strike

Most people land on their heels while running, while some people land more on the midfoot or forefoot. There is not a single best way – I am actually a supporter of the fact that any landing works – as long as it works for you. What is important though is to be aware of this and to pick a running shoe that works for that particular gait. One of the easiest indicators of this is the “heel to toe drop”, also known as “offset” or just “drop”, which is the difference in height, in millimeters, between the heel of the shoe and the toe. Traditional running shoes, have a drop of 10-12mm and are more indicated for people who land on their heel. Other shoes have drops between 5 and 8mm and work well for a midfoot landing. There are then low-drop shoes or even zero-drop shoes that are meant for runners who land on their toes.

Consider how you are going to run

Running shoes are a little like cars. Some are lightweight, small, and nibble, and meant for speed. Some are larger, heavier, and are made for comfort. When choosing a running shoe, think about how you are going to train (or race) in them. Are they for your day-to-day training, for your slow or moderate-paced runs? Or are they the shoes you’ll use in a race or for the days of fast training?

Consider where you are going to run

Running on concrete and running on natural trails are very different beasts that require very different shoes. Road shoes need to fight the hardest and harshest surface (concrete) – therefore their focus will be on maximizing the shock absorption, in various degrees, depending on the points above. Trail running shoes need to focus on other characteristics such as traction, protection, and breathability. Just visit the Idealo website. WANT TO RECEIVE PERSONAL, STYLISH SUGGESTIONS TO YOUR EMAIL? FILL OUT THE FOLLOWING FORM:
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