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Tips for choosing the size of running shoes

The most difficult thing to determine the size is for those customers who order shoes online and are deprived of the opportunity to try them on before receiving the parcel. In this case, you need to first measure the foot.

How to Determine your running shoe size:

Place your bare foot on a piece of paper and trace its outline with a pencil.
Try to hold the pencil vertically, without tilting, so as not to distort the measurements.
Measure the distance between the two most extreme points of the resulting contour.
Add to the result the thickness of your index finger — this will be the gap between the toe of the sneaker and the foot.
Round the final number to an integer to find the right size for it.
Do not forget that it is necessary to measure both feet, because they often differ in length. If the difference is noticeable, it is better to choose large shoes.

Important: do not try to choose the size of sneakers by measuring the insole of comfortable shoes. Even if it is an insole of the same brand, but of a different model, the result may be incorrect.

Choosing sneakers by type of coating

Winter ice and snow
In winter, as a rule, already experienced athletes who do not want to take a break from training run in open areas. At this time of year on snow-covered or covered with thin ice tracks, you can arrange long races at low speed, training endurance. Such aerobic exercise helps to prepare for competitions and marathons.

The main task of winter running shoes is to prevent slipping on loose wet snow or icy areas. In this regard, only sneakers with spikes are suitable for ice, and on tracks with snow-covered areas, good grip will provide shoes with a deep pronounced tread. It is worth thinking about the top — the best option will be membrane materials that provide air exchange, but do not get wet from rain and loose snow.

Dry asphalt
Completely dry asphalt does not impose special requirements in terms of grip, but it gives a sufficiently high impact load. Therefore, running shoes for asphalt should have the following qualities:

improved cushioning,
low tread sole,
torsion flexibility.
To increase shock absorption, manufacturers make special gel inserts or pillows with injected inert gas in the heel area, and also lay layers of elastic foam materials (EVA Foam, FlyteFoam, etc.). Such materials not only soften the impact when the foot lands, but also return energy, facilitating repulsion.

The sole of shoes for running on dry asphalt should be made of durable and wear-resistant carbon rubber (possibly with hardenings in the heel and toe area). The tread is preferably low. The fact is that shoes with an aggressive tread, necessary for off-road and running on the ground, are quickly erased upon contact with asphalt.

The torsion flexibility of sneakers, i.e. the flexibility to twist, is more important for high-speed running. Dry asphalt pavement allows you to develop high speed, and in this case, shoes with low stiffness do not restrict the movement of the foot. But it is better to pay attention to this characteristic to people with good physical fitness, who do not have a high risk of dislocations and other injuries.

Beginners in running can be advised to wear shoes with a high drop, i.e. a large difference between the heel and toe (from 8 mm). This will help relieve the calves and Achilles tendon, providing a soft roll from heel to toe during movement. Experienced runners can not pay much attention to this characteristic and choose shoes with a drop of 4-5 mm.

Synthetic coating
Running on specially prepared tracks of a stadium or an indoor arena is an ideal option to avoid thinking about grip and the risk of slipping. The synthetic coating also provides good cushioning, so there are no strict requirements for running shoes on such platforms. It can only be noted the need for a mesh upper for the warm period and indoor training, as well as moisture protection for demi-season and winter shoes.

However, this does not mean that you can choose any pair of sneakers for training. While running, even on perfectly smooth prepared tracks, there is a shock load, so shock absorption systems in the sole are necessary.

So we figured out which sneakers are suitable for different types of surfaces. In the catalog of our store there are interesting options for any coatings, as well as a lot of comfortable clothes and accessories for running.

Have you decided to go in for sports? But you don’t know where to start? Choosing sportswear and shoes would be a good start. We offer you some tips on how to buy sports shoes:

1. Know your feet. Yes, of course, everyone has ten fingers, but we mean the features of your foot. To find out, we recommend that you look at your old shoes and find the places where they have worn out the most. It can be worn all over the inner edge: a sign of flat feet or low leg lift. Then you have clubfoot – your foot turns when walking (this is confirmed by a worn-out heel or a worn-out inner part of the sock). In this case, you are recommended shoes with the ability to control movement and maximum support.

Your shoes may also be worn on the outer edge. This is a sign of a high leg lift and a tendency not to turn the leg when walking. Here you will be helped by shoes with a soft sole padding and cushioning blows.

And if your shoes wear out evenly – you have a neutral rise. “Neutral” shoes will suit you: having uniform proportions of support and softening.

2. There are no universal shoes. Do not look for shoes for running, walking, jumping in the same model. It is better to buy three pairs at once, for each type of activity. Thus, your shoes will last you a long time, and you will not have to replace them every three months.

3. The best time for shopping is in the evening. By the end of the day, your legs swell and become bigger (after training, they also increase in size). And you need to choose shoes according to the maximum parameters.

4. Rule of thumb. There should be 1.1 – 1.3 cm between your thumb and the edge of your shoe. The heel should fit relatively tightly, and the upper part of the shoe should fit snugly and not cause you inconvenience.

5. Don’t skimp on shoes. Cheap shoes can do you more harm than good. Not only is it likely to fall apart in a couple of weeks after your workouts, but also not properly selected shoes can contribute to the development of flat feet.