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5 Easy Tips for Picking the Perfect Running Shoe

by Nellie

5 Tips For Picking The Perfect Running Shoe

A few weeks ago I went to City Sports in Midtown to go check out their running shoes. Since I have been running a few 5ks and my current sneakers were gifts from Fitness Magazine’s Meet and Tweet, I figured it was time I start looking for a new pair.
I was greeted by TJ and he was SUPER nice. He asked me some basic exploratory questions including if I had any athletic goals, how many miles did I plan on running, what’s my currently activity pattern and etc. By the time he was done I felt super comfortable that he would be able to pick the right shoe for me.

He performed a Gait analysis on me and determined that I have moderate  over pronation. This meant that I would need a thicker medial posting that protects the ankle as I am running. City Sports had plenty of sneakers for me to choose from. TJ even gave me my own Fit Card so that I wouldn’t forget my analysis in case I needed another pair of sneakers down the line.

5 Tips To Pick The Perfect Running Shoe

1) Go Into A Running Specific Shop: I know online is easy but it’s better to try on the running sneakers before you purchase. Get fitted and keep in mind that 6-8 months is the shelf life of pretty much any sneaker.city sports 5 tips for the perfect running shoe

2) Know Your Activity Pattern: It is critical that you make sure you have the proper protection for the activity you are doing (aka don’t take running shoes to bootcamp).

3) Feel Out Multiple Surfaces: See if you can try different surfaces when trying on the shoe. How many times have we bought heels because they felt great on the store rug–then we hit the mean concrete and get a quick wake up call?! Running shoes are the same City Sports has both rung AND concrete (40 yards!) in the store that you can test. Best part? You can try them on the treadmill in your gym and return them if they don’t feel good (in resell-able condition of course).

4) Count Your Miles: Keep in mind that 400-600 miles is the maximum you should be running in any pair of sneakers. Don’t forget to include all mileage running outside in errands (grocery store, mall, post office etc)

5) Figure out what you like: One of the most important decisions is whether or not you like a light or a heavy sneaker. Some folks think that less is better when it comes to running and some people love to feel a complete comfort of a heavy sneaker. make sure you consider the weight of the sneaker when you try them on.


I asked TJ what his personal favorites are and he let me know that Brooks and Mizuno are his personal favorites because they are light and cushiony. Sounds good to me!

City Sports is the premiere destination for urban athletes and active lifestyle enthusiasts. Currently, there are 23 City Sports stores on the East Coast, located in the following metropolitan markets: Boston, Providence, Burlington, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington. They currently sell more than 200,000 pair of running shoes, and its run clubs log a combined 27,000 miles annually. City Sports extends its unique specialty shopping experience via its virtual store at www.citysports.com

***I was not compensated in any way for mentioning City Sports.*** 

Do you take special care when choosing your running shoes? How was your Health and Wellness week?

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Kristina Walters May 30, 2014 - 5:22 am

Great tips! We have a Fleet Feet here and they do a Gait analysis too but I like how City Sports writes it down on a card for you. I have recently purchased a pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 and I can’t tell you how much I love those shoes! Brooks is the way to go!

Nellie June 4, 2014 - 8:17 pm

I need to try these Brooks! There are so many people saying such good things about them!

Carla May 30, 2014 - 6:36 am

Great tips! I’ve always been leering about going to these types of stores since I can’t wear adult shoes. But I’m hearing more and more that they are making shoes in children’s sizes that are specific to running as opposed to just a general shoe. I like that they have a place for you to try them out on the concrete. It’s not like you’re running on carpet at home.

Nellie June 4, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Oh yes! They definitely had lots of kids shoes for all purposes!

Janine Huldie May 30, 2014 - 7:05 am

Great advice and seriously even at this age, i was still stumped as to how to find the perfect running sneaker, so I seriously appreciate this post and going to pin it now too to refer back on 🙂

Nellie June 4, 2014 - 8:13 pm

Thanks Janine!! I appreciate the share! 🙂

Kimberly (Manifest Yourself) May 30, 2014 - 11:14 am

I was just thinking about my sneakers! Since I am walking to work and working out in the same pair, I figure that I may need to invest in another pair soon. Sadly, I am a cheapo though… so I try to wait it out as long as possible.

Nellie June 4, 2014 - 8:12 pm

I am super cheap too LOL I tried to drop hints for mothers day………….totally didn’t work LOL

Trinka Polite May 30, 2014 - 12:50 pm

Thank you for this post! Great tips! No City Sports here (St Louis area) but hoping I can find a store that offers the analysis. Very helpful!

Nellie June 4, 2014 - 8:12 pm

Thanks Trinka!! Glad I was able to help 🙂

LaShawn May 30, 2014 - 2:37 pm

I had a gait analysis a couple of years ago and I am a overpronator too. I tend to always buy Brooks because they are just awesome. It’s almost time for a new pair!

Nellie June 4, 2014 - 8:11 pm

I keep hearing all these great things about Brooks!! I need to try them out for sure!

FitBritt May 30, 2014 - 3:04 pm

My brother did something like this and he was really happy with the outcome. I’m personally not a runner so it probably wouldn’t be as helpful for me, but having the right gear regardless of your sport is super important.

Nellie June 4, 2014 - 8:09 pm

Absolutely!! It’s important to know even if you don’t run so that you have the right support!

Yum Yucky May 30, 2014 - 3:11 pm

I currently place a 3-4 year shelf life on my sneakers. Clearly I’m doing something wrong. Ooops.

Nellie June 4, 2014 - 8:08 pm

haha yeah I have had a few sneakers go that long too!

Bre & Ree May 30, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Thanks for the tips Nellie! They are all great and I definitely agree with number 1. Having your run analyzed I think is an absolute must and will possibly save you time and money. I went to Jack Rabbit Sports in NYC for my first pair of proper running shoes a few years ago and it was fantastic. Thanks again and have a great weekend!

Nellie June 4, 2014 - 7:50 pm

Jack rabbit is also super awesome!! Thanks Bre!!

Tamara May 30, 2014 - 6:11 pm

I’m with Yum Yucky. Oops!!
I love all the colorful sneaker photos.
There’s something similar in cameras. Like how shoes have a certain amount of recommended mileage, cameras have a certain amount of actuations, I think it’s called. That’s how many times the shutter button is pressed.
Always a good excuse for a brand new camera with more MP!

Nellie June 4, 2014 - 7:49 pm

Its so funny you said that Tamara! I actually got a new camera today…for free…a story for a later post BUT I probably NEVER would have gotten a newer one because it simply wasn’t in the budget. I am so happy you told me this though, I feel better about my decision.

Kim May 30, 2014 - 6:45 pm

I’m not gonna lie – of course I want a good shoe and the right kind for me but I also base my choices on color and looks!!!

Nellie June 4, 2014 - 7:45 pm

I know what you mean, I LOVE a beautiful bright sneaker!

Michelle June 2, 2014 - 7:44 am

I usually go for a lightweight shoe…I don’t need much stability and I don’t really have any feet issues. I’m due for a new pair though…I need to get to the running store!

Nellie June 4, 2014 - 6:48 pm

You should get some, you log a lot of miles!!

Rea June 2, 2014 - 4:54 pm

Haven’t really tried buying running shoes yet but I want to! I love that they assess your needs first before offering you the shoes. Hope you got the best fit for you!

Nellie June 4, 2014 - 6:43 pm

Thanks Rea!!

Britton June 3, 2014 - 9:00 am

I have been putting off buying a pair of running shoes because they are so dang on expensive! I really want the Asic’s Gel Noosa 9 because they are soooo cute and colorful, but I haven’t had a chance to try them on to see how they feel. I agree, though for sneakers, I NEVER buy them online because I have to make sure they are comfortable. I am going to go my local Fleet Feet soon and get an analysis done.

Nellie June 4, 2014 - 6:39 pm

They ARE so expensive but its a good investment. I love a great colorful shoe!

Terri June 5, 2014 - 10:14 am

I’m ashamed to say that I’ve had the same pair of sneakers since HS. Hubby keeps telling me it’s time to get new ones and I don’t see the need. But in my defense, I’m a dancer at heart so most of the time I’m either in ballet, tap, or jazz shoes or dancing barefoot. There’s no need for me to invest in sneakers! I don’t even know how to shop for them.

catherine gacad June 8, 2014 - 10:46 pm

i agree that you need to get fitted! i used to run with black toenails, then i went into a running store and they told me i needed to buy a shoe with a size 1/2 up. i had no idea. my black toenails went away afterwards.

Reese July 15, 2014 - 11:36 am

Great tips! I got a sweet deal on a pair of asics last month. It’s amazing what a new pair of shoes can do for your run!

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