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Many Variables Factor Into Purchasing a Running Shoe


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While the best brands of women's running shoes can be expensive there are inexpensive options that can look and feel just as great. There are a few key elements that are important to keep in mind when choosing a useful pair of running shoes. If these factors are considered during any search for athletic shoes anyone can find the best pair of shoes to fit their feet, and these shoes are sure to be comfortable and affordably priced.

The first element important to consider on any quest for shoes is size. It is essential to women, men and children that the foot is sized properly before any shoe purchase. A foot size can be just a simple number size or it can be a number size plus the addition of narrow or wide. It is best to consult a shoe professional in a retail store that has had some experience with sizing. She will measure the foot and ensure that the appropriate size is found in a high quality pair of running shoes.

The next step is to determine a woman's foot type. Foot type is especially important in the world of women's athletic shoes. There are three main types of feet; these types are flat feet, neutral feet and high arched feet. Each foot type needs a specific type of running shoe.

Specific types of running shoes include motion control shoes, shoes with extra support and neutral shoes. Women who have flat feet usually need help with stability while running. The best shoes for these women are called motion control shoes. On the other hand, if a woman has high arched feet shoes with extra support are best for her. While a neutral footed women will run best in neutral shoes.

Regardless of the type of shoe that is appropriate for a certain women's foot type, all women usually consider style and color before purchasing a pair of running shoes. Women's running shoes are available in a rainbow of colors and a variety of styles. Popular styles are low and high topped shoes, laces, Velcro and slip on shoes.

The one thing that all styles and colors have in common is support. The right amount of support is essential for a runner. Running is hard on the lower extremities of any body. It is most often felt in the feet, the knees and the legs. These areas are also where the majority of running related injuries occur. However, shoes that have a great deal of support can help to prevent injuries.

Running shoe support does not last forever. In fact, most running shoes are only guaranteed for a certain amount of running. After a runner has run the amount of miles that are promised for support, the shoes usually begin to hurt the runner's feet. That is when it is a great time to buy a new pair of running shoes. After all, every runner knows that shoes do not last forever.

Anne Clarke writes numerous articles for Web sites on gardening, parenting, fashion, and home decor. Her background also includes running, yoga, and tattoos. For more of her useful information on running and running shoes, visit .


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