Running: our advice for choosing the right shoes

To practice the running effectively and safely, you have to get a pair of shoes that suits you. Various factors must be taken into account. While size and comfort play an important role, stride type and physical form also come into play. In any case, safety must take precedence over aesthetics: even if you are a minimalist runner… The explanations of our specialist Nassima Chabouni (State patent of sports educator in athletics) to find shoes for your foot.

The stride: which runner am I?

There are three types of stride in runningthree different ways to run. “We are said to be “universal” when we run normally, that is to say without particularity, “pronator” when the legs go inwards (in “snowplough”) and “supinator” when we run almost on the outside of the feet and that one gnaws the external part of the shoes”explains Benjamin Malaty, French marathon runner.

Each shoe is therefore made in such a way as to adapt to each person’s stride and to “rebalance” the position of the foot thanks to reinforcements present internally.

When racing, shoes make the difference.  (Hans Christiansson / Shutterst/DR)

When racing, shoes make the difference. (Hans Christiansson / Shutterst/DR)

Choose your running shoes according to your morphology and build

The running shoes “woman” shoes are different from “man” shoes, simply because their morphology differs. You also have to take body size into account. Generally, we will have a classification in three categories for men: – 75 kilos, 75-85 kilos and + 85 kilos. In women: the + or – of 60 kilos.

For example, if a man weighs more than 85 kilos and he chooses a shoe suitable for less than 75 kilos, the risk is premature wear of the cushioning and therefore, cushioning that eventually disappears. The joints are then put to the test, there is no longer any support to absorb the shocks, hence the appearance of pain or even injury.

Finally, you should always take a size above your usual pair because when running, with the heat and the effort, the foot tends to swell and the arch of the foot to crush. Once your shoes are on for your running practice, don’t forget to take good care of them.

Nassima CHABOUNI (holder of a State Certificate of sports educator in 1st degree athletics)

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