If you are someone who is looking to improve your overall endurance and feel better about your body, you likely have decided to start running. This can be helpful because it allows you to work out with minimal gear. However, if you haven't run a lot before, you might be worried about your feet and how they are going to hold up. One way to make sure that you don't accidentally injure your feet is to get a good pair of running shoes. Here are some tips for getting your first pair of running shoes.
1. Go to a Podiatrist
The first thing that you want to do is likely going to be the first step that you want to skip because it requires a little bit of preplanning. You need to go to a podiatrist and find out if you need shoes with additional support and, if so, what kind. The reason for this is that you are going to be putting a ton of pressure on your feet that could lead to you injuring yourself or even collapsing the arches of your feet, causing permanent damage. You can get around this problem by doing it right the first time. The podiatrist will be able to look at your feet, as well as your gait, and let you know what kind of support you need, if any, as well as recommend the brands that offer this support built in. You might even be able to be fit for custom orthotics or have your podiatrist recommend off-the-shelf orthotics for you.
If you absolutely cannot get to a podiatrist, you can try going to a specialty running store where they will be able to analyze your gait and make recommendations, just less accurately.
2. Try Them Out
Even if you have already gone to a podiatrist, you will want to go to a specialty running store for your first pair of shoes. The reason for this is that many of these specialty stores have a lot of space or treadmills that you can use to thoroughly try out your shoes. This will allow you to make sure that you are getting a pair of shoes that doesn't crimp your feet or otherwise feel unpleasant.
3. Don't Worry About Aesthetics
You should only be wearing whatever pair of shoes that you purchase for running. As a result, it doesn't matter as much what color the shoes are. Your favorite color combinations might be with the shoes that aren't the best for your feet. Go with the shoes that are best for your feet, regardless of the colors.
For more information, talk to a podiatrist or visit a site like http://www.advancedfootclinic.org.