As you might have noticed, buying a pair of running shoes can be a time-consuming process – since a superficially chosen pair can bring about a plethora of inconveniences during practice sessions or races. Together with inspirational and beautiful sport bag, super smartwatch, sport glasses and t-shirts you can achieve your goals in sport. Yesss.
Depending on the athlete and on the type of training or race, the selection criteria differs a lot. In order to obtain the optimal performance, athletes might decide to buy more pairs of running shoes, which they alternate according to the weather, the type of terrain, how well they fit, how they match with the outfit or maybe with what their running partners wear or what they’ve seen others wearing.
Therefore, choosing a pair of sports shoes is a complex and personal process. It takes some time until a pair becomes the favorite one or one of the 5-10 favorites, because each athlete has its own complex (or not) selection process.
We will outline 5 general selection criteria that can help athletes in choosing their running shoes.
- The lightness – if the fabric and the soles are light, the extra weight that the athletes are carrying during practice or races becomes optimal for successfully completing their race.
- The comfort and balance – they to firmly support the foot, in order to prevent lesions or irritations during practice or races on rough terrain, giving it maximum comfort.
- The top of the shoe – for energy conservation and vibrations isolation, to minimize the risks of accidents ad to reduce the effects in case of an accident, we recommend getting running shoes which have an elastic and firm fabric.
- The must-have properties:
- Shock protection and high friction function against slipping – can come in handy during climbing or going down sloppy tracks. The materials used should be soft, in order to prevent injuries to ligaments and knees. The size should be optimized for maintaining balance of the body and especially for preventing accidents.
- “Smart insoles” – the fabric quickly takes the shape of the leg and supports the physical characteristics of the athlete. At the same time, the insoles should have gel or foam inserts, with the function of retaining types of movement, in order to contribute to the attenuation of shocks that might occur during practice or races.
- Fast drying – to maintain a warm, dry and comfortable environment inside.
- Waterproof – it might get rainy one day and you don’t want to be caught unprepared!
- Attractiveness – athletes have a wide range of sports shoes to choose from, so that after the performance related criteria, the design ones come. If it appeals to the athlete, then and only then can a pair of running shoes be considered the chosen one.