With so many running shoe brands out there, what makes a good running shoe? It is said the most important running gear is the shoe. You get it right and it will save you lots of energy and prevent you from injury.
These are the qualities of a good marathon running shoe
- Fit. A good shoe must fit your feet like a sock, no room to allow movement of the feet. But it should not be tight that you feel pressure.
- Cushioning. Running can be hard on feet and joints. Shoes should provide enough cushioning to absorb impact.
- Stability. A stable shoe controls motion in the ankle. At one time I bought a Nike and went running with it but I felt very uncomfortable running in it, when I checked it I discovered the heel was to high.
- Flexibility. The front of the shoe should flex enough to let the runner push off with the ball of the foot.
- Breathability. Shoes that dissipate sweat quickly keep feet cooler and reduce the risk of bacterial or fungal infection.
- Weight. The lighter the shoe, the better – as long as cushioning and stability don’t suffer.