If there was one dilemma which faces every runner when they first get into running it or if they are in training for their first ever endurance event, the question everyone wants to know is:
“What is the best brand of running shoe on the market?”
If I was given a pound every time ………..(you know the rest)
So, due to popular demand, to help you make the right choice, fitFAQS have used our years of running experience to give you some invaluable advice on how to make the right choice of running shoe.
Rule Number 1
When browsing the internet or looking in stores, try to resist falling for clever marketing and adverting tricks. The big 3 running companies – Asics, Adidas and Nike pour millions of pounds into advertising their brand hence the reason why, at the moment, they are all probably top of your shopping list. WAIT. There are lesser known running companies out there, such as Brooks, who manufacture far superior shoes but are drowned out by the financial muscle of the big boys.
Just because everywhere you look, all you see is a swish pair of Nikes or Adidas shoes, it doesn’t mean you should be seduced into buying them. They might suit a friend or the chick / bloke in the ad but it doesn’t mean that they will suit your running gait or running style.
So, before you go for the newest pair of Big Name Trainers, I’d strongly suggest you try on a number of different pairs so you are 100% sure that the trainers your fork out the best part of £80 for are comfortable, suit your feet and most importantly – are right for your running gait!
Rule Number 2
I apologise if this rule has a slightly sexist generalisation to it, but (ladies) try to resist going for a pair of running shoes based purely on their colour. The big 3 (Nike, Adidias and Asics) are genius at this trick and manufacture a range of average shoes in attractive colours knowing full well that the colour alone will seduce the lady runner into buying them.
So, as in rule 1, try on the shoes first and if they suit your running gait and they are your favourite colour – then lucky you.
Rule Number 3
If you are thinking of entering an endurance event such as a half marathon or full marathon, then it is likely that you’ll need 2 pairs of trainers to see you through your training. Therefore, it’s often a good idea to buy two pairs when you make the initial purchase (as you can often get a better deal).
But keep the receipt.
If, for whatever reason, the trainers are not working out for you, despite having your gait assessed you may need to re-evaluate your choice of running shoe and there is nothing worse than having a brand spanking new pair of trainers worth £80 which you can’t run in.
At the end of the day, choosing a pair of running shoes is a very personal choice and you have to go with a pair which suits your budget and your feet. Please avoid following the crowd as this often ends in disaster and can ruin you running preparations half way through your programme.
Finally, if you really want to know my opinion on the best running shoes you can buy then I’d have to go with Brooks.
They run. That’s what they do.
I’d rather invest my hard earned cash and health of my joints in a Company which specialise in running and were the original people to design and manufacture the running shoe technology which is now copied by all other companies.
To see the Brooks range click on the logo below!
So, what are your trainers of choice and why?