Every long journey starts with the first right step, in case of running that step is buying the right shoe. It becomes very pivotal as minor negligence on this stage can result in draconian consequences afterward. To avoid such a catastrophe make sure that these shoes consist of these features.
Something which most of us end up ignoring every time we buy a shoe. The first thing one should do is get their feet measured. It is an important thing because most of us do not get out feet measures for ages, and minute changes keep on taking place because of injuries or age, etc. With the advanced technology available, shoes these days come in different types of fit like Regular, Wide and Extra Wide fit. Keeping the foot shape in mind this should be taken as the first thing to look out for.
In layman terms, pronation is simply the way your foot bends when it comes in contact with the ground. The foot bends to balance out or absorb the shock that is generated on impact with the ground. Knowing your foot pronation can help you a lot in choosing the best shoe as there are shoes with Over, Neutral and Under pronation. Each depending upon the way your foot bends.
Arch of your foot is also put under consideration while buying a shoe. A person with a normal arch has the most common type of feet, his feet are well equipped to take the body load and absorb shocks while running. But a person with a flat foot or low arch has a set of feet that collapses inwards while running. This might act as a great shock absorber but will add to the stress put on knees. Modern-day shoes are available with a High, Medium and a Neutral arch. Take the wet foot test to determine your arch and decide accordingly.
Finally, the level that you think you are currently at also decides the type of shoe that will suit you. There is no point in buying a shoe that is way beyond your level. There are no specifications per se, as to at what level you currently are. But this is something that one comes to know gradually. So keep that in mind while deciding on the shoe.
Just remember to keep these things in mind and you are all set to get the right shoe!