Making sure you selected the correct running shoe
When you think you have found the correct pair of running shoes for your running style, try them on. Then force your foot to the back of the shoe and make sure there is at least a thumb-width gap (“rule of thumb”) between your longest toe and the front of the shoe. Note that your longest toe may not be your big toe – it just depends on what extraordinary toe configuration you were blessed with.
Make sure you put both pairs of shoes on as often one foot is slightly larger than the other. If you are happy that the shoes are the right type of shoe and the right size, you are ready to take a jog around the shop. Know for sure that if something bothers you while you take a quick jog around the shop it is going to be painful after 4 hours of running. So if there is anything you don’t like, give the shoes back and find another pair. Don’t fall for the sales talk that “don’t worry that will go away.” Nothing goes away it just gets worse the longer you run. The reason there are so may shoe manufacturers is that different shoes suit different people. Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Saucony, Asics and on and on all produce Stability shoes, Motion control shoes and Cushioned shoes. So if one type does not feel just perfect, try another.
Shoes are not like cars – you don’t need to run them in. They will soften a little, but they are designed to feel comfortable out of the box. Do not ignore some niggling thing with the shoe, thinking it will get better. If there is anything you are not happy with rather change the shoe – it will be worth it. If however everything seems good, then you have most likely got a great pair of shoes that are going to be your friend on the journey we are going to undertake together.