How to choose the correct running shoes – and why it matters September 26, 2017 – Posted in: Expert Advice

All running shoes are not created equal. If you want to maximise your performance and keep yourself free from pain and injury, it’s vital to select a pair of running shoes that’s appropriate for your needs.

For this reason, we were thrilled to feature in a recent article with NSW Compensation Lawyers on the importance of finding the right shoe in order to stay safe and injury free!

We believe in the transformative power of running and how it has the power to change your mood, mind, your day and your outlook on life. But, as it’s is a weight-bearing exercise involving repetitive movements of your feet, running safely begins with the right shoes.

Here are some of our top tips for selecting the ideal pair of running shoes…

Visit your local running store

A specialty running store will be able to analyse your gait and fit you properly. Based on your foot type they will either suggest a non-pronator (neutral shoe) or a pronator (support shoe).

Your local running store experts also understand that different shoes are needed for different types of running. For example, if you’re running a marathon you’ll need a well-cushioned shoe such as our Wave Sky or Wave Horizon, whereas if you’re training for a 5km run a lightweight performance shoe, like our Wave Shadow or Wave Catalyst would be more appropriate.

Select the right size

Not everyone realises how to select running shoes that are actually the right fit for exercising in. There are a few simple ways to make sure.

  • Check that the width is comfortable and you have enough movement in the toe box. Don’t forget to lace them up when you’re trying them on – this is the best way to ensure your heel is sufficiently secure and locked in.
  • Always leave a thumbprint’s space at the top of your shoe. Your feet swell when you run, so it’s important to allow for this. This is why it’s better to shop for running shoes in the afternoon rather than the morning, as your feet swell during the day, so this will give you a more realistic idea of the size you need.
  • Don’t be surprised if you need a different size of running shoe than in regular shoes – this is perfectly normal.

What your shoe should do

You need the right amount of cushioning and stability in a running shoe to make sure you can run comfortably and go the distance. We use Wave Plate technology in our shoes, which tackle both issues in one – by providing you with a shoe that will give you support and comfort as well as being highly durable.

For more tips on running safely, be sure to read our feature in the article ‘Exercising safely on the roads in your neighbourhood’.