No two runners are alike, which is why we carry such a large selection of running shoes. The type of running shoe you need depends on a whole host of factors including the distance you plan on running, the surface(s) you'll run on, your gait, and the biomechanics of your feet and ankles—just to name a few. Don’t forget to change out your running shoes every 300-400 miles or when they become visibly worn, whichever comes first!
Running shoes have to cover a lot of ground—literally and in terms of features. Obviously, they need to keep you comfortable. But they should also support you throughout your entire movement cycle, helping you to run efficiently and with proper form. So how do you know if you've found the right running shoes for you? Try 'em on! Wear the socks you plan to wear running, and be sure to try on both shoes. Your feet should feel secure in the shoes, but your toes should have plenty of breathing room. Your feet swell when you run, and neglecting to leave a little extra room can result in painful blisters later on. Don't be afraid to jog around the store a bit to see if the shoes rub, slide, or generally don't feel "right" on your feet. Do your heels stay put? Are your arches happy? Do the shoes flex with your feet?
Remember that different runs require different shoes. Marathon running shoes should provide stability and comfort as you log mile after mile after mile. Consider buying two pairs of marathon running shoes simultaneously—one to train in and another to lightly break in but keep relatively fresh/cushy for race day. Sprint spikes typically have an aggressive mold under the forefoot to promote running on your toes as well as spikes that get more or less aggressive depending on the length of your event. Cross-country spikes feature more cushioning than other track shoes for the longer distances and have more durable construction for handling rough terrain. General running shoes for casual running/jogging should make you feel comfortable, supported, and like you could run forever.
How well do you know your feet? Understanding their size, shape, and unique movement pattern is crucial to outfitting them with proper footwear. Before buying your next pair of running shoes, figure out if you have a low, neutral, or high arch, which will help you to determine your gait pattern: overpronation, neutral pronation, or underpronation. The more you know about your feet, the better equipped you’ll be to keep them happy and healthy with the perfect pair of running shoes!
Don't settle for an ill-fitting running shoe or try to force the next size up or down to work for your foot’s unique shape or width. Our catalog features a huge selection of the best running shoes for your individual feet. We carry wide running shoes, narrow running shoes, and running shoes for any arch height—all in a variety of hard-to-find sizes that will keep you going.