How To Choose Good Running Shoes

Correct Flexion point
Besides comfort, fit and quality a runner should know what makes a good running shoe. Here is the most basic premise for shoe and foot stability. This is not including 3rd party soles to assist with pronation, suppination (opposite of pronation) and arch support but stability in regards to the actual shoe.

The most important piece of information I can think of when it comes to selecting a good pair of running shoes is that it should help the runner avoid injury or pain caused by running or the shoes. Note the two pictures here. The photo on the left shows a shoe with a good flexion point and stability within the arch area. This is the signs of a good running shoe will help the runner the most in avoiding injury to their plantar fascitis, achilles tendon, calves and knees. The last thing anyone wants is an injury caused by bad equipment. Good running shoes can be found in the $70-$90 range sometimes but the best ones are usually between $100 to $200 dollars. Make sure they have two piece treads separated by a arch/plantar stability piece of hard plastic or technology.

Incorrect Flexion point
Note the photo on the right: The shoe is soft, collapses completely and reflects a flexion point that will in no doubt cause some foot and leg pain eventually.  Notice there is no arch or mid support and stability. This is an example of a bad running shoe. Many shoes in the lower price ranges reflect this sort of lack of stability and shouldn't be used for running. I borrowed these images from a foot and leg doctor, Dr. Pribut's web site to show what a good shoe and a bad shoe looks like in regards to stability. I hope this information will help you choose a good pair of running shoes for you.

Please read my blogs posts on Asics vs. Nike vs. New Balance to see a few comparisons of decent running shoes from these manufacturers. Saucony is another brand some runners seem to like. Thank you.

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