What is the typical price for running shoes?
In most cases, these shoes start from $60 and they can be as expensive as $200+.
If you’re interested in a popular branded running shoe, then you can expect to pay between $100 – $120 for a pair. At this price range, you’ll get the most value for your money. This is due to the fact that these shoes are superior to entry level running shoes and there isn’t too much of a difference between these shoes and more costly shoes.
Instead of buying a cheaper shoe, it is better to purchase an older shoe model such as the previous year. The great thing about these shoes is that they’ll cost 25 to 40% cheaper than the current year’s models. As a result, we highly recommended that you purchase an older model in a good quality shoe as oppose to a cheaper shoe that is new. Visit the Orthotic Shop for a great range of running shoes.
If you choose to purchase a shoe for $150+, the shoe itself wouldn’t necessarily be better since you’d be paying extra for better shoe technology and materials.
Which factors are most important when choosing a running shoe?
According to new studies, the most important thing you should pay attention to is how comfortable the shoe is and its overall fit, especially when it comes to reducing your risk of injury. Even if you experience a small amount of discomfort when you put on the shoe, this would be much greater when you actually need to run.
Basically, consider if there is a small stitch on the inner side of the shoe that rubs on your toe or a shoe that is a little too long or thin. These seemingly small issues would be extremely uncomfortable when you think about how the shoe would feel after thousands of steps. It would cause issues such as swelling and the small stitch may even cause a blister to form.
If you want to make sure that you get a completely comfortable and well fitting shoe, make sure that you keep in mind that your feet will likely swell while running. So, make sure that you actually try on as many shoes as you can and try on various brands and different sizes. You should also walk in the store a bit before you decide whether to buy them or not.
Cushioning is exactly what it sounds like and it is necessary to have good cushioning in your shoe so that it absorbs some part of the impact while you run. Now, not all running shoes are made equal and different ones have different levels and types of cushioning. Cushioning in running shoes is also known as stack height and these actually provide a lot more shock absorption but they do cause the shoes to weigh a bit more. Now, it depends on your personal preferences but if you’re a bit on the heavier side then you may want to get maximally cushioned shoes. These type of shoes are also recommended if you need to train all day or go on long runs in order to improve comfort levels and ensure you don’t get injured.
Shoes that are minimally cushioned are lighter and they are closer to the ground. These shoes don’t give as much protection from impact caused while walking or running. They are best suited for light weight runners or more professional or efficient runners. These runners usually use them for races or simply to train for fast running.
In order to understand impact and cushioning, consider running on dry sand. As you can imagine, running will be quite comfortable and your feet would be well cushioned, however, you likely won’t be able to run at a fast pace. This is due to the fact that the sand would dissipate the impact of your feet as well as propulsive force. This is known as plush cushioning. Now, consider running on wet sand. You will likely be able to run much faster since your feet will have a harder impact on the wet sad. This is known as responsive cushioning.
Exactly which type of cushioning is better? Well, it all comes down to what you prefer. In most cases, you’ll likely prefer plush cushioning for longer runs and training and you’ll likely prefer responsive cushioning if you need to run a race or do more intense training. Balanced cushioning is a mixture of these two types.
What about stability?
This is a loaded question and it is possible to go on for a long time about factors such as motion control, pronation, stability, over-pronation and more. With that said, the most recent scientific studies have shown that what was previously thought about pronation isn’t exactly true. As a result, we will only talk about what is actually known.
You should only purchase shoes that have good stability and support, especially if you have issues with your gait, ankles and general instability. So, to see if you have any issues with these things, try standing on one foot for a minute and then do the same on the other foot. If you have issues standing up and end up wobbling and falling, then you have stability issues and need to train your ankles. You should also purchase a stability shoe.
With that said, there are many shoes that have stability features which aren’t openly marketed. A shoe’s stability depends heavily on the structure of their upper.
In running shoes, what is the drop?
This is the height variance from the heel to the toe in millimeters.
Typical running shoes have a 10 to 12 millimeter drop. If a shoe is defined as low drop then the drop would be between 4 and 6 millimeters. There are also zero drop shoes.
Traditional drop shoes are better for those new to running since they allow the feet to experience a forefoot or midfoot landing. Higher drop shoes demand a heel landing and low drop shoes may cause calf aches since you’ll need to use more of your calves with these type of shoes.
Which brand of running shoes is best?
Truthfully, there is no one brand that is the best. The vast majority of running shoes are of similar quality and you should focus on figuring out the best running shoe that is good for you.