The Boston Marathon is approaching, on April 20, and for those in a running state of mind, here are some helpful hints on finding the ideal performance shoe for you.
According to Brendan Barrett, co-owner of Smithtown Running Company in Smithtown, N.Y., and Sayreville Running Company in Sayreville, N.Y., support is key. To find the appropriate level, your arch height, foot shape and pressure points should be calculated.
End use must also be taken into consideration, said Barrett, since running shoes are suitable for a range of activities. “We factor in what [consumers] will be doing,” he explained, with options that range from walking to marathon training to fitness classes. Enhanced support, he added, also provides a good foundation for walking or for, as an example, nurses who spend hours on their feet.
Cushioning also figures into the equation, followed by determining the right size. “A lot of people wear their shoes too tight,” said Barrett. “The foot swells when you’re on your feet for a long time, so people are surprised when they need a bigger shoe.” The best rule, he noted, is to have a thumbnail’s width between your big toe and the end of the shoe.
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Bright colors are trending, said Barrett, with shoes also getting increasingly lighter in weight.