Choosing the right running shoes is essential for comfort, performance and injury prevention. There are many things to consider including your running surface (for example cross-country versus pavement or trail running) and distance can also play a factor too.

With so many choices available, it can be overwhelming and hard to know where to start. 

We’ve put together these handy tips to consider when you’re buying your next pair of running trainers.

1. Understand your foot type

Your first step is to book a running assessment with us. We will determine if you have a neutral, overpronation, or underpronation (supination) foot type and advise on the best type of running shoe and cushioning for you. 

We do this by observing your gait and form n the clinic with 3D technology to track your movements on our treadmill.

Book your gait analysis here.

2. Lean into expert advice 

Be fussy and take your time when choosing running shoes. The experts in running shoes at your local store can guide you to the right pair based on your needs and running style.

3. Try on shoes later in the day

This will ensure the fit is right and accounts for any foot swelling. 

Different socks can affect how the shoes feel so stick to your usual pair for an accurate assessment.

4. Use the ‘thumb-width’ rule

Aim for a finger’s width between your longest toe and the shoe end. This prevents cramping, nail damage and allows natural foot movement.

5. Don’t skip local retails for online deals

Supporting local keeps expertise alive and you’ll often get a much better service. Cheap, online deals may seem tempting but local shops provide invaluable knowledge for your foot health. 

Shopping local also supports the community, creates jobs and often has a smaller environmental impact. 

There are plenty of great local retailers near Active Life Poditry’s clinic in Fulham and Putney. Or, if you’re venturing a little further out – give our friends at Up and Running in Richmond a visit. Active Life Podiatry customers will get 10% off in-store by quoting ALP10

Book your gait analysis as a standalone assessment or an add-on to your routine appointment by calling our team on 020 7381 6682


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  • To an active recovery following injury
  • To active, healthy feet for your family
  • To a personal best
  • To an Active Life