How To Shop For Running Footwear Online
At Intersport Elverys, we aim to give you all the information needed to pick the correct running footwear. It’s vitally important to have footwear which suits your feet as it will help prevent injuries, improve your performance and provide a much more comfortable fit. As running specialists, we have a fantastic selection from Nike, Brooks, ASICS, HOKA, adidas and ON. Read on below to find out more and how to pick the correct footwear for you.
Things You Need To Consider Before Buying
Finding Out If You Require Neutral Or Stability
You can do this at home by following a couple of easy steps or you can get your foot analysed in select stores.
Wet Foot Test
One option for you you, is to do a Wet Test. Follow the instructions below.
Step 1 While the base of your feet are wet as if you just got out of the shower, stand onto a flat surface and leave print of each foot on the ground. Best to do this on a surface which will clearly show the outline of your foot.
Step 2 Compare the shape of your arch to the image (attached is an example) to determine what foot type you have. This is a very easy way to test it.
*Note: This test is a rough guide for you to follow.
What does overpronation, pronation/neutral and supination mean?
Pronation is the natural side-to-side movement of your foot as you run or walk. As your foot/heel connects with the ground, your arch begins to flex/flatten and absorbs the shock acting as your natural shock absorber for the body.
Overpronation: When your foot strikes the ground, it rolls inwards to absorb the shock. People who roll inward too much or not enough can experience running injuries due to less effective shock absorption. In many cases it is identified with a flat arch. You could consider a shoe from the stability category which will encourage your body to stay more aligned.
Neutral Pronation: When someone has a normal arch the foot experiences a normal amount of pronation on impact. The foot lands on the outside of the heel and then rolls inwards (pronates) to absorb shock and support body weight. Footwear from the Neutral category should be considered in this case.
Supination: (Underpronation) Not as common as the other 2 foot types. It is typically seen with a high arch and as a result the foot isn’t able to naturally pronate. Consequently, much of the contact with the ground is done with the outside of the foot. Footwear from the Neutral category with good cushioning should be considered.
*Note: The wet test only gives you one clue in the process of finding the right shoe. Other variables such as your weight, biomechanics, running experience, and fit preferences come into play.
At Intersport Elverys, we have 3 levels of comfort in our shoes. Find out all the information below, that you should consider when choosing the level of comfort:
Regular Comfort + We would recommend for anyone just starting off or don’t require a large amount of cushioning.
Extra Comfort ++ Perfect for those longer runs, for those wanting an increased shock absorption.
Maximum Comfort +++ These are best suited for those who are looking for best shock absorption, with extra or maximum comfort.
Other Factors To Consider
Longer Runs: For longer runs, we recommend you choose runners with more comfort
Faster Runs: For faster runs, we recommend that you go for a lighter shoe.
– It’s not unusual for you to go up a half or full size compared to a normal shoe.
– You should allow for half to a full thumbnail width in the front of the shoe to allow for space for your foot to expand while running.
– Brooks and Nike tend to be slightly broader in comparison to Asics and Adidas. Hoka have a similar fit to asics, snugish fit and fairly true to size. ON have a broad toe box and come down lower at the achilles.
– Depending on the surface on which you like to run on most frequently, will determine the type of shoe you need: 1) Path or Road – road running shoe. 2) Grass or trail – trail running shoe.
– Wear and tear. Uppers will tear when used for spin and cycling, as the shoes are designed for going forward.
– Cleaning your shoes. Don’t put them into a washing machine, as it can result in the cushioning hardening quicker and the upper coming away from the sole.
Find all brands sizing and fitting guides HERE.
Intersport Elverys also stocks a wide range of running socks, accessories and nutrition to help make it easier to get out there and achieve what ever goals you are aiming for. Check them out HERE.