If you have just started running we would advise that you buy an appropriate pair of running shoes. Normal trainers are not suitable for running; running shoes are designed specifically for running and by getting a pair of suitable training shoes it would reduce the risk of injury. Standard running shoes are well cushioned in the fore foot and the heel. Some running trainers have emphasis on the structure and stability instead of cushioning.
All of the running shoes are designed for enhancing performance and are generally breathable and lightweight. If you are unsure of what running shoes to have it would be advised to get a gait analysis. The analysis will tell you what kind of support and cushioning you need. We stock a range of trainers Neutral, Mild, Moderate and Motion control. Depending on your foot strike will depend on the kind of support you required, terms associated with the running shoes are overpronation and supination.
Best Shoe Brands
The brands that we stock are; Asics, Adidas, Brooks, Mizuno, New Balance, Nike and Saucony. Choosing a running trainer can be difficult all the brands are constructed differently and they use different cushioning system, which makes the shoes feel different to each other. Brands like; Adidas and Brooks have a narrower toe block, so if you have a narrow shape foot, we would advise these brands. If you have a wider shape foot we would advise the brands; Mizuno, Nike and New Balance. New Balance has two widths; for women there is the B and D width and for men there is the D and E width.
When to change your running shoes
Many people ask the question how many miles will I need to do before I change my shoes? The estimated answer is about 500 miles, so if you do 10 miles a week you should buy a new pair of shoes every year and if you do 20 miles its every six months. It would be advised to buy two pairs of shoes for your long runs and your shorter runs.