If you were a kid in the 1970’s or earlier, you probably ran the street or the court in the flashiest pair of Chuck Taylor’s you could find at your local department store. And that might be the reason your feet hurt now – Athletic shoe design was in its infancy and offered little to no cushion, no arch support, no fit – just thin rubber and canvas between your foot and the floor.
Thankfully, athletic shoe design is now a science akin to designing space shuttles. New technologies for cushioning your feet are remarkably sophisticated and allow you to run longer distances with limited fatigue and a whole lot less wear and tear on your feet.
What to look for in a new athletic shoe
Nice fit: Not too tight that the shoe rubs or irritates your foot. Not too loose that your foot moves
A soft ride: The shoe needs to be cushioned substantially around the toes, heel, and ball of the foot.
Arch support: The shoe should meet your arch. If you have unusually high arches, this may be difficult and custom orthotics may be necessary so that you don’t develop a nasty case of plantar fasciitis.
Quality materials: You definitely get what you pay for in athletic shoes. Cheap shoes equals cheap support and fit, equals foot and ankle problems down the road.
To find out what the best running shoe is for 2013, check out this video from Runner’s World.