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Running Shoes: 7 Tips to Choose and Care for Your Favorite Pair

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X shares tips on choosing and caring for running shoes

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You've made a noble decision. It's summertime and despite this heat, you're choosing to get your workout on. However, there is one more dire choice you need to make: which running shoes to invest in.

When it comes to athletic shoes, comfort should be your ultimate goal. After all, working out can be painful enough without itchiness or tightness.

X is here to help. Below we've compiled a list of seven helpful tips to aid you in choosing and caring for the perfect pair of running shoes.


X shares running shoes tips


1) Don't buy them too tight.

X shares tips on choosing and caring for running shoes

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While you want most shoes to fit snug, when it comes to running shoes, consider going up a half size. Running shoes are different than your normal dress shoe or heel because your feet often swell during physical activity. The last thing you want is for your shoes to feel way too tight and painful mid-workout.

Another good tip is to consider the time of day you go shoe shopping. Aim for the afternoon. When you first wake up in the morning, your feet are slightly smaller than when you walk around on them for a few hours.


2) Think about your workout surface and routine.

X shares tips on choosing and caring for running shoes

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If you're the type of runner who prefers a flat track, search for running shoes that are lightweight. This will improve speed and movement.


If you're the type of runner who prefers a flat track, search for running shoes that are lightweight. If you're the type of runner who prefers running outdoors or on uneven terrains, search for running shoes that have more support.


If you're the type of runner who prefers running outdoors or on uneven terrains, search for running shoes that have more support. While this makes the shoe slightly heavier, it also offers better traction and shock absorption. 


3) Try running shoes on in store.

X shares tips on choosing and caring for running shoes

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While it may seem like the natural thing to do, trying your shoes on in a store is much more reliable than buying them online. When it comes to shoes you are going to exercise in, comfort should be your top concern.

When you go through online stores like Amazon, you prevent yourself from getting the opportunity to see if certain areas are too snug or pinch parts of your feet. Even different styles under your favorite brand can cause fits outside of your traditional size. This makes trying them on in person pertinent.


4) Take your health into consideration.

X shares tips on choosing and caring for running shoes

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Working out is one of the best ways to lose weight. However, if you are new to exercising and carrying some extra weight, you should seek out shoes with extra support. After all, your ankles and feet may be one of the smallest parts of your body, but they are responsible for holding up the rest of you. When running, you put additional stress on these areas and extra weight requires more cushion to balance everything out.

In addition, consider prior injuries to your knees, legs and ankles. To avoid causing further injury or pain, also try using gel or foam midsoles and removable insoles.


5) Invest in high-quality running shoes.

X shares tips on choosing and caring for running shoes

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While Nike, Adidas and ASICS can be pretty expensive, trusting a reputable brand guarantees high-quality products. When it comes to buying athletic shoes, choosing the cheaper pair can hurt your feet in the long run.


While Nike, Adidas and ASICS can be pretty expensive, trusting a reputable brand guarantees high-quality products. When it comes to buying athletic shoes, choosing the cheaper pair can hurt your feet in the long run.


Acquiring high-quality shoes is especially necessary if you have a tougher workout environment or health problems like mentioned above. Moreover, you don't want your shoes to quickly or unevenly wear out. This can cause strain on certain areas of your foot while working out and allow irritants like dirt, sweat and water to enter your shoes, causing discomfort, pain and infection.


6) Regularly clean running shoes to avoid infections.

X shares tips on choosing and caring for running shoes

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When it comes to caring for your running shoes, keeping them clean is very important. No matter how expensive your shoes are, exposure to the environment and some irritants is inevitable. Unlike casual shoes you throw on to hit the movies or heels you throw on for a special event, your athletic shoes see some beautiful but dirty terrains. 

No one wants to develop foot fungal issues like Athlete's Foot. In addition to regularly cleaning shoes you workout in, avoid leaving sweaty socks inside. Eliminating dirt and extra moisture will help avoid unsightly and uncomfortable infections.


7) Use natural cleaning materials to extend shoe life.

X shares tips on choosing and caring for running shoes

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To get rid of irritants without destroying the composition of your shoes, seek out natural materials that cleanse without damage. X products offer an environmentally-conscious waterless cleaning foam and a bamboo scented stain repellant to remain gentle yet effective. They work best on leather, patent leather, rubber and synthetic fabrics and meshes, common in running shoes.


X products offer an environmentally-conscious waterless cleaning foam and a bamboo scented stain repellant to remain gentle yet effective.


Cleaning your shoes after every couple uses also extends their life. In addition to keep cushions and outer protections functioning normally, your shoes will also maintain a longer shine and better appearance.  


X shares tips on buying and caring for running shoes