One of the most daunting tasks for a new runner can be finding the right shoes. Finding shoes that fit correctly not only make your run a little more enjoyable, but a lot more comfortable, too. And the right shoes will help you to avoid nagging knee, hip and ankle injuries (not to mention blisters and shin splints).
Which is why I was glad to come across this article from Men’s Health, which details what you need to look for in your next pair of running shoes (here’s a hint: comfort trumps everything else). Check it out – and don’t be afraid to visit a running store for a fitting. Shoes – and feet – change over time, and running stores employ expert runners with numerous miles under their belts. I still think getting fitted was one of the best things I’ve ever done. They may not be the prettiest shoes, but blisters and shin splints are no longer a problem for me!
My perfect shoe? The Mizuno Wave Inspire (I’ve gone through 8 or 9 pairs since I discovered them about 3 1/2 years ago). What’s yours?