HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR FIRST RUNNING SHOES
You may have been inspired by a recent race on television and thought: “I can do that!” Your next step is finding the right pair of running shoes. Getting running shoes that are perfectly suited to your body type and running style sets you up for a lifetime of running, rather than just a few months. With that in mind, here are a few questions you should ask yourself before heading out to your nearest ASICS store to find a good pair of running shoes for beginners.
HOW TO SELECT RUNNING SHOES FOR BEGINNERS: 5 QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
1.HOW FAR DO YOU WANT TO RUN?
Is your heart set on a marathon? If so, you should be looking for lots of cushioning and comfort, otherwise, those 26 miles will seem an awful lot longer. You also need to think about the high mileage while you’re training. Good comfort makes sticking to your running plan easier and much more enjoyable. Cushioning and comfort are also key to runners who just want to do a couple of short runs every week.
2.WHAT TERRAIN ARE YOU GOING TO RUN ON?
You wouldn’t take a Ferrari off-road. In the same way, you wouldn’t want to do trail running in a pair of road shoes. There are shoes designed for beginners across all types of running – from trails to track – and you should think about the kind of weather you’ll be running in, too. Shoes with a good grip will keep your feet secure when it’s raining, when running on muddy trails or when you’re out on icy roads.
3.WHAT’S YOUR PRONATION TYPE?
Pronation is entirely normal and describes the amount your foot rolls inward as you run. If you overpronate, where your foot rolls inward too far, or underpronate, where your foot doesn’t roll inward enough, you’ll need a shoe that helps to correct your running style and supports you every step of the way. Find out what are the best running shoes for beginners with different pronation types.
4.WHAT’S YOUR FOOT SHAPE?
If your feet are slightly wider – don’t worry. You won’t have to squeeze into a narrow shoe. Instead, you should select a wider shoe that’s roomy inside and cuts down blisters on the sides of your feet. You can get wider shoes from ASICS – check out 2E (women) and 4E (men) shoes.
5.WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET?
Obviously, you’d like to buy the very best running shoes for beginners out there, but sometimes, your budget might get in the way. However, it’s worthwhile spending a little more on a good pair that are comfortable, long-lasting and always there for you during training runs and races.
If you try to spend as little as you can, you run the risk of buying cheap, flimsy shoes that will be uncomfortable and make you want to stop running before you’ve really started. They’re also likely to wear down quickly so you have to buy a new pair within months.
WHAT ARE THE BEST RUNNING SHOES FOR BEGINNERS?
With so many different running shoe designs and styles available at ASICS, we thought we’d provide a quick guide to some of our best running shoes for beginners to help you find the perfect fit for your running goals.
- You want to run a marathon - If your target is to run a marathon or half marathon or you intend to do a lot of long-distance training, you should look for a running shoe that has plenty of cushioning and comfort, such as the ASICS GEL-CUMULUS.
- You’re going to run on trails - If you plan on heading out into the wilderness to explore the great outdoors, you need a shoe that provides plenty of grip, whatever the weather. The ASICS GEL-SONOMA for men and women is an example of an outstanding door-to-trail running shoe that provides unbeatable control for beginners and runners at every level.
- You’re an overpronator - The best running shoes for beginners who overpronate are stability shoes that have a firmer midsole on the arch side of the foot for additional support, and a lighter foam on the outside edge to maximise shock absorption. The ASICS GEL-KAYANO is one of our most popular running shoes for overpronators.
- You have wide or narrow feet - Choosing good running shoes for beginners when you have wide or narrow feet can be a challenge. Beginners need all the support and stability they can get, which is why most popular ASICS running shoes come in various width profiles. Just look out for the following suffixes at the end of the shoe name:
- Men’s narrow show (B)
- Men’s wide shoe (2E)
- Men’s extra wide shoe (4E)
- Women’s narrow shoe (2A)
- Women’s wide shoe (D)
- Women’s extra wide shoe (2E)