Every runner has their own unique style, and every foot is different. So the first thing you should do when choosing running shoes is have a specialist retailer analyse your feet and gait.
What shoe fits what foot? What makes a good running shoe? There’s a huge selection of running shoes on offer. But you’ll make the right choice if you know what to look out for and get advice from a professional. Here’s a quick calculation to demonstrate the value of good shoes: Every step a jogger takes, the impact of their foot hitting the ground is equivalent to around two to three times their body weight. Over the course of 10 km that soon adds up to several hundred tonnes.
Modern analysis tools
European marathon champion Viktor Röthlin also used state-of-the-art analysis tools to help Sanitas running coaching candidates Nicole Abgottspon and Christoph Banik shop for running shoes at Ochsner Sport, choosing the optimum shoes to match the pressure and stress distribution and the shape and size of their feet. Nicole and Christoph did short running sequences in the shop while Viktor used the video analysis tool to check whether the shoes matched their running style. The tool also shows, for example, whether someone has a neutral gait or whether their foot rolls excessively inwards or outwards (overpronation or underpronation).
One pair of shoes for each training unit
Each candidate got two pairs of running shoes. This is because you should vary the shoes you train with to avoid unilateral strain. "There are small differences between each brand and model, which result in slight differences in gait," explains Viktor. The rule of thumb is that you should wear a different pair of shoes for each weekly training unit. That’s good for your feet, and good for your shoes! Victor’s tip: when you buy shoes, also get special running socks. They’ll make your run a lot more comfortable.
6 tips when buying running shoes