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Why You Should Invest in Good Tennis Shoes

April 10, 2020

Why You Should Invest in Good Tennis Shoes

Written By Lauren Stinner, Marketing Intern

When it comes to finding the right running shoes, you want to make sure that you are finding the shoe specifically for you. Investing in a pair that is suited to you can make all the difference during your run—and after!

In order to find out what why good running shoes can be beneficial I sat down with Alex Karman, a manager at LaHaye Recreation & Fitness Center. Alex has been running almost all of her life and has participated in several races including the Deep Hollow Half Marathon at Hydaway and the Disney Marathon in Florida. When asked why she invest in good running shoes she said:

“Good running shoes are extremely important for every runner because they prevent injuries such as shin splints, runner’s knee, and plantar fasciitis. I invested in my first good pair of running shoes after developing plantar fasciitis in my left foot. Running shoes are all made very differently which is why it’s especially important that you get fitted for the shoe that is right for you. Depending on how you run (over pronate or under pronate) should determine the type of shoe you buy and the way it fits. Good running shoes will provide proper cushioning while adding a spring to your step.”

As Alex said, finding out the pronation of your feet is what determines what running shoe is best for you. Fit Day defines pronation as “the degree to which your feet rotate inward when you run. Some people rotate too much which is what is known as over pronation, and others not enough, which is under pronation.”

After some research on the top 3 running shoe brands, we were able to configure our top recommendations for you as you start searching for the right shoe.

  1. Hoka One One Carbon X: The Carbon X is ideal for runners with wide feet; the spacious but snug forefoot platform provides support and stability, holding your feet just enough so it doesn’t slide around the shoes whilst the upper mesh offers breathability.
  2. Nike React Infinity Run: The new Flyknit upper is comfortable yet firm and there is no sign of chafing around the rear of the foot. The integrated knitted tongue and the lace closure helps the Nike React Infinity Run follow the shape of the foot as closely as possible.
  3. Asics Gel-Nimbus 21: The Gel-Nimbus 21 was designed for comfortable, long-distance runs and not explosive sprints. There are better shoes for that purpose.

Finding a store that is specific to running will know to ask the right questions to find the best shoe for you. Running with the wrong shoes will only hurt you, but buying shoes tailored for you is a long-term investment that will definitely pay off.