Top 5 tips for buying walking or running shoes

Top 5 tips for buying walking or running shoes

Shop a specialty store and buy shoes for quality.

1. Shop a local specialty store

Shop for shoes at a specialty store (such as a running store) instead of shopping at a discount retailer, department store, or sporting goods store. Find a specialty store near you.

Don’t let the fact that you don’t run deter you from looking for shoes at a running store.

2. Shop in the evening

Your feet swell slightly during the day, and may also swell when you walk or jog. Shop in the evening to be sure your shoes fit when your feet are at their largest.

3. Bring your socks, shoes, and orthotics
  • Try shoes on with the same socks you’ll wear when you exercise.
  • Show the store’s staff your old pair of shoes. The wear and tear on it can help them identify the type of shoe you need.
  • Bring your orthotics to be sure your shoe fits with them inside.
4. Share information

Talk to the store’s staff about:

  • You past experiences and problems with shoes.
  • Any problems with your current shoe.
  • The type of exercise you plan to do.
5. Choose to invest

Invest in a good quality pair of shoes. Buy a shoe for its fit and purpose, not for the color or because it’s the least expensive.

A good quality shoe with the proper fit and support can reduce your risk of injury, and will be worth the money.

Other tips:

  • Try on both shoes in the pair.
  • Try on more than one pair of shoes.
  • Check for about ½ inch of space between the top of the shoe and the end of your longest toe.
  • Check for a snug fit.

Shoes that are too loose or too tight can lead to blisters.

ACSM (2007). Selecting and Effectively Using a Running shoe. (Brochure) Crumpton, Shannon.

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