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How to buy running shoes: Tips to treat your feet well


Ask for a discount

If you are a member of a running club then you may get a discount on your shoes. Take your club card with you and ask the question. If you don’t ask, you don’t get. Some shops will also take your old shoes and give you a token voucher in return.

Have a budget in mind

Expect to pay anything from £40 to £160, depending on factors like brand, technical specification and special editions, like signature releases or anniversary specials.

If you have a budget, tell the sales assistant before you start trying shoes on, so you don’t fall for a pair you can’t afford.

Be cautious of the Internet too. You may pick up a bargain, but it’s always best to get your shoes physically fitted at a specialist running shop. You can’t put a price on your health and wellness.

Record the date

"Most running shoes will last up to around 500 miles, with high speed racing flats lasting a little less," says Tim. "A heavier foot striker will wear out quicker too," explains Nick. "Perhaps 300ish miles!"

"The real key is not leaving it too late and choosing a new shoe when injury or tightness is already present. Be organised and try the thumb & finger squeeze test. To do this you hold the front nearside of the shoe between the thumb and forefinger, then press them together. If foam midsole ripples or compresses easily then the shoe is getting old," adds Nick.

Reviewed on March 13, 2017

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