Buying running shoes can be a pretty complicated affair. There are a ton of different types of shoes, not to mention brands and fit and finding the right one can be pretty overwhelming.
What exact shoe to buy is all up to your personal need and the fit of the shoe.
Here are 5 things to consider why buying your running shoes:
1: What distance are you going to run?
There are a big difference between sprinting shoes used for interval run and a long distance shoe. If you are a beginner I recommend you opt for a shoe, that gives enough support around the ankles for interval run, as this is a great way to increase you cardio.
If you are running a longer distance you should opt for a shoe with better shock absorption.
2: What surface are you going to run on?
There are different shoes for all terrain. If you are running in a forrest or softer terrain you should opt for a trail shoe.
3: The fit
This one might seem obvious, but it is the uttermost important factor. You should never buy a running shoe that you have not tried on. I highly recommend you go to a specialist and try them out on a treadmill. There is a huge difference between walking in running shoes and actually running in them.
As a beginner you have to consider your foot type and pronation. If you do not know your foot type, I reccomend you go to a specialized running store and they will guide you.
4: Your budget
Running shoes can be fairly expensive and it is important to have an idea beforehand on how much you want to spend. Keep in mind that a pair of shoes typically last you around 1.000 km. If you run 5 km 3 times a week that is 66 weeks of running. Even thought the shoes might cost 150€ or more is is still a lot cheaper than a gym membership or a yoga studio.
That being said, you might not need the extra expensive pro-edition of the latest Nike running shoe on the market, and maybe a less expensive model can fit your need just as well.
5: Don’t fall for over-hyped shoes
Remember you should never fall for the “popular” shoes – these are typically heavily branded shoes on social media.
If you are just starting your running journey check our this running programme to reach your first 5K
My running shoes
I have two pairs of running shoes. I run 3 times a week with one of them being an interval run. My goal is go finish a 10 K within 60 min. or less.
Due to an old knee injury I need extra support and grip when I do interval running.
There is one key difference between my long distance shoes and my interval shoes. That is the price! I paid around 1.500 DKK for my long distance shoes (equivalant to little over 200 €). In comparison I paid half for my interval shoes. I am a neutral runner, so I don’t require much from a running shoe other than comfort.