We at Uufey advocate often for getting outside, for walks and runs. But the most important part of that is having the right footwear, a comfortable pair of running shoes. But why is it so important?
Well, you don’t want to trip of course. And it can increase your chances of developing foot conditions and pains such as plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, bunions and more. Or you could just be sore after every run. So, instead of trying to relieve the symptoms after the fact, how do you get the right pair of shoes in the first place?
Check your shoe size
First off, your shoe size. Are you completely certain of your current shoe size? Different shoe sizes and measurements apply across the world, and even between different shoemakers the sizes and their actual fit can vary. To make things a little easier, we have a size guide available here, for women, men and children’s sizes.
Finding the perfect pair
Now let’s get into the specifics. Specifically, you! What are the goals that you are going to be accomplishing? Where will you be accomplishing them? The places you’re running, are they flat surfaces, uphill, downhill, muddy or sandy? Keep all these in mind when you’re looking for the perfect shoes.
There are a few extra little things you might want to have, little secrets from those in the know. For example, a little extra toe length in the shoe can be useful for the swelling of the foot, as all feet tend to swell somewhat due to exercise. Also, you may notice running shoes are made from many different materials, like meshes designed for better airflow and keeping the feet cool. Also, you may want seamless shoes, or at least no seams on the upper portion of the shoe, as they can cause blisters.
Finally, a little reminder on things necessary for every shoe, like arch support. Having the right support for your foot’s unique arch is very important, as when running, the foot can be under the force of twice your body weight. You may also want to consider the flexibility and firmness of the shoe, firm enough to keep their shape under lots of use, but flexible enough to allow your foot’s natural movements.
If possible, (although it’s a little harder in the digital age) you might want to try your shoes before you commit to them. At the Uufey store, we offer a robust returns policy, because we want people to be happy with their shoes. So, if your shoes are a little big or small, you can return them and get the right size. Our returns policy is available here.