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Published on: 26 Oct 2016 by sophia-addison
With summer just mere months away, many men across Australia might be feeling a little more inspired than normal to work a little harder on their physical fitness. But if you’ve been out of action on the fitness front for quite some time, your existing pair of sneakers might not cut it as suitable footwear for pounding the pavement or hitting the local running track. Buying suitable running shoes for men requires more than just being able to get your foot in or liking the design. Here are some points you need to consider.
Whether you’re a seasoned runner or you haven’t done it in years, the crucial thing that any pair of running shoes for men should offer is comfort and support for the entire foot. The sizing and fit needs to be just right; too loose and you lose the support, but too tight and you’ll feel like your feet will drop off once you take the shoes off. Finding the perfect fit simply requires you to try different shoes until you find the right ones. Be sure to wear the socks you’re most likely to wear when running though, as differences in thickness can affect the fit of the shoes you’re trying on.
When choosing running shoes for men, it’s important to understand how your running style and the type of feet you have affect the type of shoes you should buy. Most people have a natural arch in their feet. When we run, our feet will display what is called a neutral pronation. This is the way the foot rolls forward to provide shock absorption as it makes contact with the ground. Other people might tend to over-pronate (i.e. overcompensate with the foot rolling inward, leaving themselves susceptible to injury) or under-pronate – as is often the case with people who have flat feet. People with flat feet need extra cushioning in their running shoes, as their feet won’t naturally have that in-built shock absorption.
What Sort of Running Are You Doing?
Most sportswear stores will separate their running shoes for men into different categories depending on the different types of running they’re designed for. Knowing what type of running you most likely will be participating in will determine the most suitable running shoes for your needs.
For runners who will be hitting the pavement and even the asphalt roads, you’ll be looking for a pair of road running shoes that have been designed to provide shock absorption for the feet as they make contact with the hard ground beneath. If you’re planning to take your runs off the beaten track and into rougher, off-road territory, then trail running shoes will provide you with the stability and support you need – particularly on uneven terrain. And for those looking to keep it within the confines of the gym, cross training shoes will usually suffice.
There’s no better time than now to get outdoors or on the treadmill and start working towards a fit and healthy summer – just be sure to find the best running shoes for your needs first to get the most out of your exercise!