by Kent Brewer, Fitness Consultant
If you are considering taking up the sport of running, then your first priority should be buying a comfortable pair of running shoes. Ask any experienced runner for advice, and they will likely tell you that comfortable shoes for running are of vital importance.
When your feet feel good, it’s a lot easier to concentrate on your training. You’ll be able to run farther and get in shape faster when you aren’t thinking about how much your feet are hurting you. That’s why a quality pair of jogging shoes is a worthwhile investment to protect your knees, feet and ankles.
Often the first place people go when they want to buy a pair of jogging shoes is their local shopping mall. Athletic shoe retailers like Footlocker and the Sports Authority sell a variety of running shoe brands like Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Saucony, Brooks, Puma, Asics and many others.
It’s possible to get a discount on sport shoes at these shoe stores, but try to visit when there is a sale going on. Watch the local newspapers for low-priced running shoes on sale. Those who are highly motivated might consider buying some used gym equipment at the same time.
Another good way to save money is to buy running shoes online. There are many internet shoe stores selling a wide variety of athletic shoes. If you are looking for a good pair of jogging shoes at a discount, then online shopping may be the way to go.
A lot of shoe companies prefer to do business over the internet, and offer discounts on running shoes on their websites. Great deals on brands like Nike, Adidas and New Balance can be found if you take your time and search a lot of different shoe retailers.
There are also discount coupon codes available that can help you save money on running shoes. Depending on the shoe manufacturer or shoe seller, you can receive up to a 50% discount on new shoes, which is like getting two pairs for the price of one.
Before you buy new shoes for running, take the time to read some reviews on the best running shoes. In order to get your money’s worth, it’s important to take the time to research the pros and cons of the best running shoes on the market.
For example, Nike running shoes reviews will give you a list of all the different running shoes they make, along with the prices. In addition, important things like comfort and performance will also be discussed. The same goes for New Balance or Adidas athletic shoes.
If you have a problem with flat feet, then finding the best running shoes for your particular problem becomes even more important. The same goes for running shoes for overpronators and running shoes for high arches.
Flat-footed runners require a more stable type of shoe. Since the 1980’s, all major running footwear makers have developed specific technologies targeted at helping runners with flat feet run more comfortably and with less risk of injury.
When buying shoes for flat feet, the key concepts you have to keep in mind are stability, support and motion control.
The good news is that there are now well-designed running shoes available for almost every type of foot problem, including plantar fasciitis and those who are considered supinators. Take your time and research what is available, then make the right choice for you.
It’s possible to find good running shoes at a discount if you shop around for the best deals on brand names. Check at your local shopping mall or shoe retailer, and also look online for sales on running shoes. A mail order running shoes catalog is also another option for people who are trying to save money on new shoes.
The Saucony brand is known for technologies such as ProGrid, called the first sole-based stability and cushioning system, which acts almost like a trampoline for your foot.
Mizuno running shoes are famous for what is known as Mizuno Wave Technology, which comes from looking at the formation of waves in nature. The engineers at Mizuno thus build shoes with a unique formation that divers the force of striking impact away from the foot. This is believed to create a more natural, cushioned running movement.
The Nike brand is best known for its “swoosh” logo and for being endorsed by some the best athletes in the world. Nike recently introduced its minimalist Nike Free series of barefoot running shoes.
Brooks running shoes are popular due to their focus on the biomechanical needs of professional runners. Brooks running shoes feature a technology called Brooks DNA, which is a cushioning system that molds to the shape of one’s foot. Brooks is also known for its BioMoGo midsole, the world’s first biodegradable midsole.
Asics running shoes have a reputation for excellent comfort and durability. The Asics Gel-Kinsei includes a biomorphic fit and a new-style cushioning system. The Gel-Kinsei was named “Shoe of the Year” by Runner’s World magazine in 2006.
(published February 26, 2011)