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Can We Use Running Shoes Casually? (When And Why You Can)

When we are out doing our early morning run, it can often take around 40 minutes. Sometimes it makes sense to stop on the way home for breakfast and coffee, without changing your gear.

So a good running shoe will take us through the morning, with no need to change your shoes until we go home to shower.

In fact, there are times when running, trail running, can be an all-day event, and in most cases, you can go out and come home wearing the same shoes.

The secret is in buying a couple of pairs of good running shoes and alternating them as you will wear them casually.

Every Day Wear Running Gear

Active and running gear is now a weekend, and often weekday look, and I see people out running who seem to have a whole wardrobe of active gear, including the running shoes.

In my city, the cliffs, parks, and beaches are alive with people running, all the year-round.

There are running shoes for all sizes of feet, and for many, it is important that they look fashionable and smart as well as being comfortable.

The Training Running Shoes for You

Even if you are not a professional athlete good running shoes are essential to achieve the right amount of support. it is preferable to have a light shoe, with a gel sole to stop any jarring through your body. The cushioning effect makes your run so much smoother.

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Many people now use biomechanics and running science to make the right choices for their daily run. Of course, color is also important, and choices of black, white, and color are essential for most women to have in their wardrobes.

Men are often happy with black or white or a mixture of both.

What to Look for in our Running Shoes

If we are just running around the park, it is much less demanding than running on rough terrain, but because the aim is to run longer and faster, we are going to need different shoes for each occasion.

Now that being active is a lifestyle, unless the weather is really hot, we often wear our activewear, including running shoes all day. The other place the running shoes are useful is in the mall, trawling through 7 levels in the shopping center takes stamina, and it is a much more achievable expedition when wearing running shoes.

This brings me to another point, as it is important to have stability in a running shoe.

How to Choose your Running Shoe

When you have been for a consultation with a Sports Podiatrist, they will probably tell you to attend a Running Clinic, apparently, some of us have not been running properly and not supporting our body with the right shoes.

Choosing the right shoe for the right run can be confusing, and the wrong shoe leaves you at risk of injury.

Types of Running Shoe are

  1. Maximum Support running shoes, this shoe is designed to slow down excessive pronation. It contains a highly dense material on the inner side of the midsole to stop it from collapsing at the heel. They often also have a carbon outer sole for durability and are built on a straight mold offering more ground contact, making them stable.
  2. Structured Cushioning/stability shoes, offer a blend of motion control and cushioning. They are much lighter than the maximum support shoe but still offer support. This is the shoe to wear if you are going to be in it all day as it offers great ground contact stability.
  3. Cushioning Neutral Shoes, usually lack motion control features, and are light, built on a semi-curved last. They feel softer underfoot. If you are lighter in weight less than 13 stone or an orthotic wearer they may suit you.
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How to Pick The Best Running Shoes For You

There are three different foot arch types.

  • Low arch
  • Normal arch
  • high arch

You can test your arch height by wetting your feet and standing on paper to leave an imprint. This is what it shows.

  • If the imprint shows off much of your foot without a curve, you have a low arch. This would indicate the need for more stability in a shoe.
  • If there is a curve along with a narrow band of your foot connecting heel and toes on the imprint, it indicates a normal arch, you can wear any running shoes that you choose.
  • If a noticeable curve shows up along the inside of your foot, you have a high arch, you will need well-cushioned shoes with not much support or stability.

All this information allows you to determine your gait, meaning the way you run. Do you have:

  • Severe pronation, your heel strikes the ground first, rolling inward. If so you will need motion control shoes.
  • Normal or neutral pronation, when your foot is in complete contact with the ground,
  • Underpronation, when the outer part of your heel hits the ground first, you need a neutral shoe.

If you are having trouble analyzing your gait, go to a store that sells running shoes, and they will mostly have someone who can do an analysis for you.

Often the most expensive shoe won’t be the right shoe for you, because the running shoe is trying to accommodate your foot movement the store recommends that you buy a shoe half a size larger than your normal shoe size.

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Choose your shoes, and do a test run on the store treadmill, don’t complete the purchase until you are certain they are the right shoes for you.

Running shoes should be replaced every 300-500 miles, usually depending on the surface you run on. I guess that you can track the usage with an app or Fitbit.

Running Shoe Conclusion

Once you start running, you will have running shoes on for a part of each day. When you are going to work, wear them on the walk-in, and change them when you get there. It goes without saying that you will need several pairs now that running shoes are part of our daily lives.

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