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/Get that Spring in your step - Choosing running footwear for Spring

With Spring well into full flow and runners starting to review their clothing and footwear for the Spring time it is a good opportunity to review whether you need new footwear and what is on the market.

Do I need new footwear?

Of course these days the view might be that I want the latest style, trend or colour in my footwear but what about whether your footwear needs replacing due to wear and tear? How do I know if my footwear need replacing? Of course a quick inspection can determine that your footwear needs replacing plus also reveal your foot type by the wear on the surface areas. It also depends on how often you run, whether you run in the same footwear constantly etc. If you log your training and review the kilometres as a rule, when you start approaching 500-800 kilometres (300-500 miles) on your footwear, begin breaking in a new pair and rotate the two for a few weeks. We covered some tips for checking your footwear and table with the 800 kilometre guideline in our post Are you your feet’s worst enemy?

Know your foot type

You should choose your footwear based on your foot type. Are you an over pronator, supinator or neutral foot type?   To accurately assess your foot type, it is best to get a proper foot and gait analysis done. FootBalance foot analysis is an ideal and fast solution for discovering your foot type and understanding how it affects your daily and sporting life.  During the analysis a FootBalance expert examines your arches and foot and ankle movement. As you stand on our podoscope, the FootBalance expert makes a computer-aided analysis of your foot type. Based on this the expert will help you identify the best type of footwear for your foot type and running needs.

Running needs and surface type

Your running needs and the surface you are running on have a big factor to play in type of footwear you should choose. If you plan to run on asphalt, you should opt for a road shoe, which offers cushioning to protect your joints from impact but is still lightweight with minimal treads to promote speed. On the other hand, if your runs will take you onto rougher terrain, get a trail shoe, which is heavier but offers more tread and cushioning to protect against uneven surfaces. In choosing your footwear, go to a specialised sports store where you will have staff that are more knowledgeable of running needs and footwear and talk to the running specialist about your requirements so they can assist you with choosing the right footwear.  

Running Footwear options

Runner's World have nicely covered a comprehensive 2015 Spring Shoe Guide which should help you choose the footwear that suits your needs. They also produced a video review of the footwear options.

FootBalance Insoles

Knowing your foot type and having had a FootBalance foot analysis together with analysing your needs will help you choose your footwear but also you may need to improve any misalignment due to over pronation or excessive supination. FootBalance insoles support your feet in proper alignment to promote healthy foot function and improve overall body alignment. The patented FootBalance energy return core helps keep foot muscles and arches active and toned. As FootBalance custom insoles are directly moulded to your feet they provide that custom feel to your footwear making them uniquely adapted to your feet.

So get out there and get that Spring in your step.