6 Factors to Consider When Buying Running Shoes

How to select running shoes that work for you

Andreas Westerlund
3 min readMay 13


Photo by Malik Skydsgaard on Unsplash

Finding “the right” running shoes might be a struggle, as there are so many options to choose from. We all have differently shaped feet, different styles of running, etc., so the shoes your best friend loves might not be the best option for you.

Here are 6 things to think about when choosing your next running shoes.

1. Type

The type of running you plan to do can impact your shoe choice. For example, trail running shoes have more aggressive treads and better support for uneven terrain, while road running shoes are designed for smoother surfaces.

2. Foot type and gait

There are three main foot types — flat feet, neutral feet, and high arches — and each requires different levels of support and cushioning. You can do a gait analysis in most specialty running stores.

To be honest, even if this makes sense to me, I’m not completely buying it. Please note that this is just a personal thought. The thing is, a few years back I did a gait analysis and bought shoes based on the result. Guess what, my feet still hurt.

I think we “blame” our foot type (and shoes) for our feet and legs hurting when we start running, when we’re actually just doing too much too soon. It takes time for the feet and legs to get used to running, so we need to be patient and gradually increase mileage. And by “we”, I mean me. But I have a feeling I wasn’t the only one.

3. Size and fit

It’s important to choose a shoe size that provides enough room for your feet to move freely without slipping or sliding inside the shoe. Make sure to try on shoes in the late afternoon or evening, when your feet are at their largest, and wear the socks you plan to wear while running.

Another thing to think about is if you’re planning on running longer distances, like a marathon, your feet will swell up during the run.

This was a big one for me. When I started running(or tried), I ran in size 9.5(US)/43(EU) and later on switched to 10.5(US)/44(EU).

4. Heel-to-toe drop



Andreas Westerlund

Endurance athlete, digital nomad, nerd. Just a normal guy trying to figure out fitness, business, and life. https://www.andreaswesterlund.com