Beginner Runners: 7 Facts You Need to Know About Running Shoes

Running is a wonderful thing. It allows us to get lose weight, but if we stick it out long enough, we can get fit and healthy for the long run.

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There are also a lot of things you don’t know about running shoes which can ultimately hinder your running capabilities.

In this article I want to talk more about running shoes, some cold hard facts so you can be that much wiser to know what to do and what not to do.

1. You don’t actually need a running shoe for running

First and foremost, you do not need a running shoe for running.

Contrary to popular belief, running shoes are designed for people who have bad running form, it’s as simple as that.

People don’t know how to run properly and they end up destroying their joints as a result.

Well shoe companies know this, so they make shoes designed to stop you hurting yourself with lots of cushioning, lots of stability and support.

However, with good form, damaged joints wouldn’t become a problem.

Here’s the right way to running:

2. The average price of a running shoe is $115 – $120

Surprisingly, this number has not changed much in the last decade.

10 years ago the average cost of a running shoe was about $100.

Compared to other products and services, shoes have not moved up much in price and looks like it will stay that way for quite some time.

This probably has to do with the fact that new technology allows manufacturers to create shoes faster and get them out to the people easier, cutting down costs massively.

3. The midsole goes before the outsole

For those who don’t know, the outsole is the bottom of the shoe and the midsole is inside

It houses the insole, the arch, the cushioning, etc.

Well this is actually the first part of the shoe to go due to wear and tear.

You’d think it was the rubbery bottom, but that is not the case.

Losing cushioning happens faster than the rubber outsole.

So how can you use this knowledge to your advantage?

Whenever you’re buying a second hand pair of shoes, do not look at the bottom or the upper, check the inside to see how much wear and tear it has.

Sadly when buying second hand shoes online, this is impossible.

4. Running shoes should not be used for lateral exercises

Activities such as basketball, tennis, hiking, etc, all require different patterns of movements compared to running.

Running only happens in a straight line.

There is nothing difficult about it and no fancy features the shoe needs to have, other than good stability, support and cushioning for arch support.

When you start using running shoes for lateral exercises, big problems can occur and you can cause injury.

Running shoes are NOT designed for short bursts of movements in every direction, they are made for a straight line and that’s it.

5. Extreme heat can destroy shoes

A lot of people make the mistake of putting their shoes in the dryer.

There is a right way and wrong way to doing this, and most do it without knowing what they’re doing.

Well extreme heat can and will destroy your running shoes.

Heat can warp, discolor and even soften adhesives so the shoe falls apart.

Another mistake is leaving shoes to dry by the fire too closely, leaving them out in the sun or a hot car.

6. Flyknit and Primeknit running shoes fit snug

Nike Flyknit Shoe

We now have Primeknit (Adidas) and Flyknit (Nike) running shoes.

Primeknit is a shoe that acts a second-skin.

No socks are needed because essentially it is a sock, designed to fit snug and move with your feet to provide more ventilation, stability, flexibility and support.

On the other hand, Flyknit is the exact same thing, but made from Nike.

Flyknit is better than Primeknit because they have reinforced the weaker parts of the shoe to increase durability and make it last longer.

7. Companies have tried to incorporate electronics in shoes but failed

Companies such as Puma, LA Gear and even Adidas have all tried to incorporate electronics in their shoes but failed.

The last one tried was Adidas in 2005 who tried to build a motor to change the cushioning of the shoe with every stride.

Well sadly that failed and did not hit the shelves.

Since then no one has tried putting electronics in their shoes, not even Nike.

There’s a good reason to be honest.

Shoes aren’t meant for electronics, they are meant to provide cushioning and support, nothing more.

That’s why those who focus on the basics tend to make more sales and earn a good reputation.

Nike is a good example.

They have shoes designed for literally EVERYONE.

Well that concludes this article

Well that concludes these facts on running shoes.

I know there are a lot more but I want to know what facts you have up your sleeve.

Add them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you asap!

Otherwise here’s my favorite cheapest running shoe I have reviewed so far.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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