How to Choose Running Shoes for Men and Women That Are Comfortable and Help You Run Correctly

Jul 26, 2021, 9:55 AM | Updated: 1:25 pm

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This article about how to choose running shoes for men and women is sponsored by Salt Lake Running Company.

If you’re wondering how to choose running shoes that help you run correctly and keep you comfortable, look no further.

There are many things that make a good running shoe comfortable. It’s important to find the best fit to minimize running injuries and help improve your form.

(If you aren’t familiar with all the different parts of a running shoe, here’s a quick guide).

1. Start with Running Shoes for Men and Women That Foster Correct Foot Placement

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Technically, correct running means landing on the center of your foot, not the heel or ball. The best running shoes are designed to ensure this correct placement.

2. Make Sure the Toe Box Leaves Sufficient Room for Flexing Toes

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You don’t want a shoe that cramps your style. Select a toe box that allows your toes to spread naturally as you run.

3. Select Upper Fabric That’s Shaped Like Your Foot

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The upper fabric, or the netted material on the top of the shoe, should be the same shape as your foot. Additionally, there shouldn’t be any chafing or roughness to the fabric.

4. Choose a Shoe with a Heel Collar

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If you are an avid runner, research shows that the heel collar is an important element of a running shoe. While heel counters do not offer motion control, they do stabilize the heel to ensure a centered landing.

5. Pay Attention to How the Ankle Collar Fits You

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Does your heel slip? Is the collar resting too close to your ankle bone? All of these things will impact comfort in the long run.

6. Notice How the Saddle Fits Your Foot

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You’ll want a shoe saddle that allows the arch of your foot to rest naturally, while also providing a secure fit. There shouldn’t be any slipping, nor should the fit be so tight it cuts off circulation.

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How to Choose Running Shoes for Men and Women That Are Comfortable and Help You Run Correctly