From a strictly well-balanced diet rich in protein sources to daily workouts and custom designed strength training along with proper gear which helps them boost performance, athletes need to be very finicky with their lifestyles.

Of all the gear, shoes are of extreme importance for not just athlete but any a frequent runner. In order to avoid risks of injuries or foot ache during running, wearing the right running shoe which provides shoe cushioning, arch support and heel comfort is vital.

Realizing the importance of specific footwear, sportswear brands have introduced complete ranges of shoes dedicated to specific sports. A great amount of an athlete’s performance is attributed to the shoes worn. If you run frequently but still don’t own a pair of running shoes, it’s about time that you invest in one. Here’s all that you need to consider while buying running shoes.

Arch Support for Pronation: Your foot arch is naturally designed to collapse upon impact with the ground during running, this is called pronation. Supination (when arch collapses less) and over-pronation (when arch collapses too much) are both conditions which can cause foot ache or injuries. It is important to have a shoe with an arch support sufficient enough for your foot arch. This arch support is usually an added cushioning on the mid-center of your sole which acts as a shock absorber for when your feet hit the ground. When you go buy running shoes, remember to pick shoes especially designed for high or low arches.

The Outsole Grip: Grip is very important when it comes to running. You can’t be running on pavement or the park and slip if there’s sand or water in your tracks. In running shoes, the outsole is usually supposed to be flexible but sturdy and is made either from Carbon Rubber or Blown Rubber or a combination of both. When buying a shoe, you really need to consider the terrains you might be running.

Forefoot & Heel Cushioning: As you run, each part of the foot takes impact one after the other, the immediate impact is on the forefoot which travels down to the rest of the foot. The mid sole or support provides the cushioning to the arches which collapse upon the impact, the forefoot cushioning is important to keep the structure of the foot intact.  Similarly, the heel cushioning is equally important for a smooth stride. Remember to check the cushioning levels inside the shoe before you buy them.

Fabric Breathability & Saddle: Running shoes are usually made with breathable fabrics and mesh glued or sewn together. Inside out the shoe is supposed to be comfortable and breathable while not compromising on the durability. Also, don’t forget to check the saddle, the place where the laces are and see if the shoe sits perfectly on your feet and doesn’t feel ill-fitted around the saddle region.

Don’t buy the Size, Buy the Fit: A lot of times, people make the mistake of buying a particular size of shoe just because it’s their regular size. When buying a running shoe, be very particular about trying both the shoes on and moving around the shop a bit to determine whether this shoe fits and is comfortable or not.

That’s our precise guide on buying running shoes. If you are an athlete or a frequent runner and looking for some skincare routines, you might want to check out our article on skin care tips for athletes.