How to Find Running Shoes that Fit
There are many things to consider when you start researching new running shoes: How far do you run? How fast? Do you need trail running shoes? Do you overpronate? Do the shoes look good?
There are likely dozens of running shoes that will match your needs. You can narrow down the list of shoes that are right for you by following some simple steps.
- Try ‘em on. Buying running shoes without trying them on first is like drinking the milk you found in the back of the fridge without checking the expiration date. Lacing up a pair of shoes will quickly tell you if they’re too narrow or too wide, too light or too heavy, too cushioned or too minimal.
- Ask an expert. Fleet Feet Fit Specialists are trained to help you find the perfect running shoes. Staff members can use the fit id system to take three-dimensional scans of your feet, which will lead to more informed shoe recommendations, and they will discuss your running habits and goals to start you on the right foot.
- Get measured. Your feet will change over time; a shoe that fit you two years ago might not work for you this year. So, get your feet measured when you go to buy new shoes.
- Bring your old shoes. The wear patterns on your old shoes provide valuable insight into your biomechanics, which can inform decisions about what kind of shoes you need. Pro tip: Bring the insoles and socks you plan to wear while training to see if they work with the shoes you're trying on.
- Invest in quality. Great running shoes aren’t cheap—but they're worth it. Premium materials last longer; scientific research informs important design elements; and innovative technology gives you a leg up on the competition.