If you do a lot of running then you will already know the importance of choosing a quality running shoe over one which perhaps looks more fashionable or has a trendier name emblazoned on the side of it.
Running takes a toll on your body; on your joints and muscles with every pace you complete, so it’s important that each time your feet make contact with the ground that they’re supported correctly, cushioned appropriately and shaped accordingly.
In fact it’s buying cheap running shoes will certainly hit you in the pocket book, as you will find yourself running through several pairs a year, depending on how much you run.
Running shoes aren’t designed to last a long as hiking boots, that must be obvious when you compare their weight, a running shoe is designed to be as light as possible and as such cannot be as hard-wearing as most other types of shoe. However, if you buy a high quality pair of running shoes, you can expect them to last much longer than a cheap pair.
And high quality shoes do not need to cost an arm and a leg. Some of the best shoes for running can be purchase for a very fair price considering how long they will last you.
If you are frequently running on pavement and tarmac then it is extremely important you find a great pair of shoes, or else you are opening yourself up to several unwanted injuries that may stick with you for the rest of your life. Bone, muscle, and tendon injuries are very common among those who run regularly.
So, before you adopt the principle that it’s better to buy cheap shoes rather than quality running shoes based on how frequently you have to replace them, there are some important factors to bear in mind.
Cheap Running Shoes vs Quality Running Shoes
Cheap running shoes are cheap for a reason, they are most likely made from cheaper materials and little effort and thought has probably gone into their design.
As a result they are more likely to be uncomfortable and they are more likely to do permanent damage to your joints due to the way they will bend and twist your feet – perhaps imperceptibly – when they land, whereas a quality running shoe is far more likely to have been thoroughly designed using data from professional athletes and shaped to minimize the impact between foot, shoe and pavement.
It’s all too easy to look at the running shoes on offer at your local sports store and wonder what, apart from the manufacturer’s label, can be the difference between a $30 pair of running shoes and a $130 pair – they’re both the same size and they are both made from the same amount of material, but that’s like saying there are the same number of parts in a Ford Focus as there are in a Ferrari.
It might be true but you are ignoring the amount of time and effort which has gone into the design of each.
A quality running shoe is worth every penny because in the long term it will protect your body from the impact of running and will allow you to keep enjoying the pleasure of running for longer, rather than slowly damaging your legs and feet until you get so little pleasure from running that you give up.
And that surely defeats the whole point? Quality running shoes are an investment in your body and that should be the first thing that you consider when buying a pair.