These tips will help you find your dream running shoes.
For every minute that you run, your feet hit the ground approximately 200 times. That’s why running shoes can make or break your run.
Here’s what to do when shopping for a pair.
1. Go to a physical store
This seems like a no-brainer, but with the accessibility of online shopping, it can be incredibly tempting to get your shoes in a few clicks. Avoid that, unless you already own the same pair and can vouch for its quality. You can never tell how a shoe fits unless you put it on. Even shoes from the same brand can have vastly different cuts.
2. Find your shoe size
Your running shoes should be at least half a size larger than your lifestyle sneakers, to accommodate the swelling of your feet when you run. Some models are cut smaller than usual, so don’t worry about having to go a size up. Always bring your regular running socks – and insoles, if you wear them – to try on with the shoes. There should be a thumb’s width of space between your longest toe and the top of the shoe.
3. Ensure a good fit
Now that you’re wearing the shoes, stand up and walk around the store. Jog on the spot for a few minutes to see if there’s any discomfort. If the store has a treadmill, use it. When you run, your toes should be evenly splayed, and there should be no tension or rubbing against the shoe material. The shoes should be at one with your feet – from toes to heels – upon first wear. There shouldn’t be a need to break them in.
For a pair that meets the mark, try the Under Armour Charged Bandit 3 Running Shoes. They have a seamless inner construction and moulded heel cups that cradle your feet comfortably. Firm heel counters on the outside lock the back of your feet in place, so the shoes stay put when you run.
Another winning factor: These shoes have flex grooves, which are strategic cuts in the outsoles to make your heel-to-toe transition smoother. Yay to quicker strides!
Besides the flex grooves, the Under Armour Charged Bandit 3 Running Shoes have protective rubber in high-impact zones of the outsoles for better durability.
4. Assess the cushioning
Lightweight shoes definitely help you go faster. But if you’re looking for a trusty pair that can take you from training to race day, get one that has sufficient cushioning – you should hardly feel any impact on your joints when running – and doesn’t feel clunky when you wear it. Bear in mind that the longer you run, the heavier the shoes tend to feel!
The Under Armour Charged Bandit 3 Running Shoes hit the sweet spot, offering ample cushioning while feeling almost weightless on your feet. Apart from the great rebound – thanks to the soft and springy Charged midsole cushioning – you’ll barely notice you’re wearing the shoes!
The Under Armour Charged Bandit 3 Running Shoes are designed for long-distance runs, but with the super light and responsive midsoles, we think they are perfect for daily training too.
5. Check for breathability
When running in hot and humid climates like in Singapore, choosing well-ventilated shoes is a must to keep sweaty (and stinky) feet at bay. Go for shoes with plenty of mesh, like the Under Armour Charged Bandit 3. Its uppers are made from a lightweight knit material, resulting in sleek and airy shoes.
6. Survey the design
It’s just as important that you are satisfied with the look of the shoes, as much as you like the fit. Having an aesthetically pleasing pair of running shoes that goes with your fitness wardrobe will motivate you to stick to your workout schedule. To get more bang for your buck, choose shoes in neutral or timeless tones such as black, grey or blue. These colours are easy to match, and will not go out of fashion.
The Under Armour Charged Bandit 3 Running Shoes ($179) come in black, navy and electric blue, and are available at Under Armour stores as well as selected Royal Sporting House, iRun, Sportslink, Running Lab and DOT stores.
For more information, visit www.underarmour.com.sg.