Change your running shoes !

Have your running shoes covered many miles? Or do you want to take up running? You need to think about buying a new pair of running shoes and get used to them gradually.
Shoes are the runner's main equipment for protecting and limiting the risk of injury. If you run in new shoes without breaking them in, you risk developing blisters or feeling mild pain, most often below the arch of the foot, that you never felt with your old running shoes. However, this discomfort can be avoided.



Running shoes must be chosen depending on several factors, such as the comfort of the footwear, the brand, the price and the endurance, but most importantly on the shape of the foot: according to the width, height of the arch, curve, flexibility or strength.

 

1. Footwear comfort or "user comfort" 

As soon as you try them on, it is essential that you feel comfortable in your new running shoes. The comfort of the footwear is the first thing to take into account when choosing. Ideally, the shoe that best suits your foot distributes pressure uniformly, and has a snug-fitting heel and a toe box that does not crush your toes.

Even if the shoes are comfortable when you buy them, it is important to allow time for the new shoe to adapt to the shape of your foot and for your joints to get used to the shoe. After some preparation, you will feel perfectly comfortable in your new shoes. 

If after a few kilometres you feel unusual and persistent pain, don't hesitate to return to the store and ask your sales advisor to analyse the shape of your foot. This analysis will make it easier to find the correct running shoe and if necessary insert an insole to correct the position of the foot. If you have insoles in your old running shoes, use them in your new pair. They are shaped to fit your foot and they are a good way to ensure "user comfort".

Cushioning and stability 

The comfort of a running shoe always depends on good sole cushioning and good stability. For greater comfort and to avoid injury, they should be designed with technical materials that can filter shock waves and evenly distribute force and vibration.

Along with these elements, the stability of a running shoe is an important element in the choice made. The stability gives the shoe its cushioning, adaptability and propelling capacity. 

 

2. The brand

If you have a brand of running shoes that you feel comfortable in, don't switch to another brand. Every brand of running shoe has its own features. Depending on the different models available, the running shoes may be narrower or wider.

 

3. Price and durability 

Depending on the different models and the technical qualities on offer, the price of a good quality pair of running shoes can double. Top of the range running shoes are more durable, have more cushioning and are more flexible. They are easily maintained and help improve the runner's performance. Some running shoes offer a good compromise on arch support (foot stability), cushioning and foot support.

For regular runners, it is beneficial to use several pairs of running shoes to enhance the durability of your shoes and avoid injury caused by wear. 

         

        4. Running shoes: Our advice for purchasing running shoes 

         

        To make sure you choose the right size:

        •  Choose your new shoes at the end of the day when your foot is at its widest.
        • Always wear running socks when trying on your new running shoes. There should be enough space for your toes to move freely.

        L’espace doit être suffisant pour permettre aux orteils de bouger librement.

        To choose your running shoes according to your needs: 

        • If you have weak ankles, choose a more stable shoe that rises higher and has reinforced arch support.
        • Choose your running shoes according to the frequency at which you run and the shape of your feet.
        • Ask our specialised running shoe sales assistants for advice, they can help you purchase your new shoes. 

        To avoid discomfort in a new pair of shoes:

        • Before wearing your new running shoes, don't hesitate to bend them both ways. Don't be afraid of damaging them, this movement will in fact make them more supple.
        • To avoid arch pain or blisters, always wear running socks during training.
        • To get used to your new shoes, walk for a few kilometres before running and above all, don't try and run a marathon! Thirty minutes to one hour of running is enough.
        • Start training gradually with your new running shoes, switching back and forth each session with your old shoes. 

         

         

        For running and improving, give your feet the comfort they deserve! 

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