Most of the time, shoe-shopping is a slice of retail-therapy heaven. But as dedicated runners know, finding the right running shoe is a different story.
Behind the flashy colors and designs, there are some key elements to a running shoe that can make one type of shoe a great match for one runner and yet completely wrong for another. At speciality running shops, employees will size a runner's feet and watch their natural stride to observe their level of pronation, or the way the foot rolls when it strikes the ground. Based on a person's pronation, they'll need either a neutral, stability or motion-control shoe.
Running shoes can be a pricey investment, but finding the right pair is worth it. However, that perfect pair is different for everyone, and in the wake of the barefoot running trend (covered extensively by Runner's World), the role of running shoes in injury prevention has been called into question, reports the New York Times.
Watch the video for more helpful tips for picking the best shoe for you -- including how to avoid painful blisters.
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