MARATHON SHOE PREP

Guest Blogger - April Clark, Fashion Aficionado, Beauty, Lifestyle Blogger

Before you sign up for your next marathon, make sure your running shoes fit properly. 

 Here are a few tips to consider when purchasing your running shoes:

  • Shopping in the evening is best.  Your feet swell throughout the day. At the end of the day is when they are their largest. It’s best to get your feet measured each time you buy new shoes. Your feet change over time, and one model’s fit can be drastically different from another’s.
  • When you go shopping, take along the shoes, socks, and any inserts that you’ve been using. That way you can make a realistic evaluation of how well the new shoe will fit your feet.
  • Look for an upper that is shaped like your foot and smooth wherever it touches, not binding or chafing anywhere.
  • Pay attention to whether your heel slips near the ankle collar.  Check how the padding interacts with the bones on the side of your ankles, and whether the curve on the back irritates your Achilles tendon.
  • Pay attention to how the saddle fits and holds your foot.  The saddle is the reinforced area around the instep between the ball and the ankle—that interacts with the laces to hold the shoe securely on the foot. There should be a secure feeling with no slippage while allowing for the natural doming of the arch during your stride.
  • Check the toebox, the upper area from the front of the eyelets to the end of the shoe. Make sure your foot to flex and spread out naturally in both width and length without binding or rubbing your toes.
  • Lastly, check how the outsole provides traction and durability without adding excess weight or stiffness. Experts say that the shoe imprint should be similar to your footprint.

Remember running shoes should be replaced every 300 to 500 miles. Overuse can cause injuries, because the material loses its ability to absorb shock.

PURCHASE RUNNING SHOES FROM THESE RETAILERS:

  • BELK
  • CHAMPS SPORTS
  • COURTSIDE
  • FOOTLOCKER
  • FOOTACTION
  • JOURNEYS
  • MACYS
  • RACK ROOM
  • WALKING COMPANY