I am 50/50 when it comes to buying new runners – I am 50% excited to be getting new running gear, but 50% hate it as it’s a big decision; those trainers aren’t cheap and there are a lot to choose from!

So, to help you when you next need new runners, here are my top 5 tips:

1 – Go to a running store. This is really important, which is why I put it as number 1. Yes you can go to a general fitness store to pick up a pair of runners or buy them online, but you are missing out on the expertise from the sales associates. Going to a running store, the sales associates there are super knowledgeable, not only about the different brands of running shoes and the benefits/features of each model, but they will also spend time with you to assess what type of shoe is right for you.

2 – Bring your own running socks with you. Running socks vary in thickness, so you want to make sure that when you are trying on shoes, you are using the socks that you will be using on your runs, as opposed to using generic ones that the running store lends you.

3 – Once you know what type of running shoe you need (stability, neutral or motion control) try on different brands. All brands feel slightly different so give them all a try to find one that is just right for you.

4 – Try not to judge a shoe by its colour. I am guilty of this, in that I want the shoe that is a neutral navy over the one that looks like Buzz Lightyear’s shoe (true story, just bought those purple, silver and mint green runners this week!), but colour is the least important factor when it comes to running shoes.

5 – Once you have found your perfect shoe, most stores will give you a grace period to let you try them out once you’ve bought them; you want to make sure they are the perfect shoe for you. Now, double check with them first, some stores will only want you testing them out on a treadmill, while others are fine if you try them outdoors as long as you clean the soles before returning them.

Bonus tip – check out the sale section. There is nothing wrong with the shoes that are discounted, they are just older models, so don’t discount a discount!

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