Running Shoe in MudPicking the right running shoe might be the most important decision you will make when it comes to running. Wearing the wrong style of shoe leads to injuries like plantar fasciitis and shin splints.

Everyone is different so we need an individualized approach. Do you know your foot structure? Is your foot wide, narrow, flat or do you have a high arch? Do you strike with your heel or more with your forefoot? These can be hard questions to answer for a beginner so the best option is to go see a professional. You can find a running expert in your area by visiting your local running store like the Running Room for free.

Marketing can be misleading so be careful not to get caught up in the hype. Remember that companies need to be making a revenue all the time so they have to come out with new “innovative” products. Spring blades and shocks might look cool but you want to go with something that has been tested over an extended period of time. Look for a shoe that will provide a firm grip around your heel while giving you enough room in the forefoot.

Finally, once you know the style of shoe you need, you can start looking. You really should go to a store and try on as many running shoes as you can. That’s the only way you will know which style fits you the best.

Classic choices:

1. Asics Gel Kayano
2. Asics Gel Nimbus
3. Brooks Pure Flow