Finding the right running shoe is almost as difficult as finding the right guy. Oddly enough, some of us have the same approach by favoring one shoe based purely on looks. I’m typically attracted to a light, flexible shoe in bright colors but I always end up with the bulky shoe in “boy” colors.
When looking for your next running shoe, treat shoe shopping like dating.
* Seek Third-Party Opinions – seek expert advice from someone who can monitor your running from a third-party perspective. Go to a credible running store (I like The Running Company and Jack Rabbits in NYC), have the fine folks analyze your gait, be open to their suggestions, and listen to their advice.
* Is there an instant connection or do you have to think about it?
* Is there any inappropriate touching anywhere? If you feel something strange just standing there, you’ll feel it when you’re running.
* Test the waters – try running in the shoes on a treadmill. A good running store will let you return them if they’re not the perfect fit.
What’s important is not how you look in the shoes, but rather how you feel in the shoes. A good shoe, like a good boyfriend, should never cause you pain. It should help you perform and provide the best kind of support.
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