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Published on: 08 Mar 2017 by sophia-addison
How much thought do you put into the running shoes you choose to buy? While it’s probably not on the same level of buying a house or car, neither should it be a frivolous purchase you make without giving any thought. There are a lot of ideas and misconceptions about running shoes that often lead people to buy a pair that is just not right for them. Identifying these misconceptions and breaking down the myths can help you make an informed choice about the footwear you do purchase. Let’s take a look at some of these myths.
Expensive = Better
This is an all too common misconception that many of us are introduced to early on in our lives. Many studies have been conducted on the quality of top-of-the-line running shoes compared to their more affordably priced counterparts, with results often showing that the higher priced shoes often performed worse than the cheaper footwear. That’s not to say that your feet are going to be better off in a $30 pair of runners, but you’re unlikely to get any extra value from a $220 pair of running shoes than you’d get from a $90 pair. It’s more important to make sure the shoes you do purchase fit well and are well suited to your foot type.
A Natural Running Style is Best Complemented by Barefoot Shoes
Barefoot running shoes are shoes that are designed to make the wearer feel like they’re running barefoot. Many believe that this choice of footwear forces you to run a more efficient stride, as the balls of your feet are really the only parts that make contact with the ground. However, in doing so, you place greater stress on your ankles and knees, while the stabilising muscles in your legs are forced to work harder than they’re probably used to, thus potentially putting unnecessary strain on them. Ultimately, for long distance runners, they’re not the most suitable choice of running shoes.
There is Genuine Value in Brand Loyalty (Or Brand Exclusion)
Countless people go through periods where they might only buy running shoes from a particular brand. They might believe that because a pair they bought five years ago was super comfortable and felt great that only that brand will ever be compatible with their feet. And vice versa, they may choose to avoid a brand if they purchased shoes that were uncomfortable or not quite the right fit. The fact of the matter is that each brand produces different shoes for different requirements. They’re not all equal and not every shoe in that brand will feel comfortable on your feet. You’re far better off trying different running shoes from various brands (including those you may have excluded in the past) to find a pair that meets all of your needs.All in all, finding the right pair of running shoes is like finding a partner. It’s a personal choice and you might have to try several before you find the one. But when you do, you won’t want to look back.