With hundreds of specialty running shoes on the market, finding your sole mate can be tricky. Looking for the right pair of shoes that you (and your feet) will love depends on a variety of factors. Are you looking for a high-performance shoe for training or racing? How many miles do you run a week? Are you combating an injury? What’s your running style?
One important caveat, according to Fleet Feet marketing manager Liz Knickerbocker: Never pick a model based solely on the color. “There’s so much more that goes into it,” says Knickerbocker.
With a multitude of styles to choose from, here’s a basic guideline Knickerbocker says to use when trying to decide which pair will keep you comfortable and running strong:
Foot shape. It all comes down to basic biomechanics and what your foot does when it’s in motion. Different shoes accommodate different types of feet and arch types.
Use. Mileage, training surface and conditions and type of workout are all important in selecting a shoe.
Injuries. Getting fitted with the right shoe is crucial if you’re injury prone or have had a past problem.
Knickerbocker gave the Syracuse New Times a “sneak peak” at some designs with different purposes. All are available for men and women and can be found at Fleet Feet Sports on Bridge Street and at Marketfair North Plaza, on Route 31.
Saucony Xodus ($130)
Hoka One One
Bondi ($160) or Stinson ($170)
Nike Flyknit Free ($165)
How do you go about selecting a running shoe? Do you have any useful tips or styles you swear by? Go to the Syracuse New Times Facebook page and let us know!
I’ve learned one thing about running shoes: You get what you pay for.
A few years back, I was looking to save a couple of bucks (aren’t we all?) and decided to purchase a cheap pair of running shoes from a chain sporting goods store. They felt fine on my feet, but the real reason I got them was I liked the cool ice blue color.
After a few weeks of running in them, my left hip began to hurt. That’s when I consulted a knowledgeable salesperson who found that I had flat feet and ran heel first. Needless to say, the cheaper shoes were immediately abandoned for a slightly pricier model. And they were worth every penny to finally run pain-free.