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Weโ€™ve all been in this position before; it is time to buy a new pair of running shoes. The old ones have done their duty, they helped you along your running journey but now the time has come, it is time to buy a new pair of shoes.

When youโ€™re entering a running shop, youโ€™ve probably stared at the wall for a few minutes, thinking, why are there so many different shoes, brands, and colors? And which one is best for me?

Store employees are always more than happy to help you figure out which pair of running shoes is best for you. During this process, it can help to try and test out multiple pairs as you might find some interesting facts that can help you reach your running goals. Let us highlight the 4 key reasons why it is important to try on multiple pairs of running shoes when buying a new pair.

Comfort and Fit

Weโ€™ll start with the most obvious reason, letting the shoe be comfortable and fit your feet. Not every shoe is the same and not every shoe has your fit. Some running shoes have a narrower upper which can be helpful if you have smaller feet. Other people might need a wider toe box to spread their toes more during running whereas others might want the shoe to fit like a sock. When trying on a couple of different types of shoes, you will find out which type of shoe fits best for your feet.

Comparing

When you are trying on multiple pairs of running shoes, you can compare them next to each other. Especially if you are indecisive between 2 pairs of running shoes, it can often help to just try on the left shoe of one pair and the right shoe of the other one. In this way, you can immediately feel the difference between the two pairs when walking/running in the store.

Brands change their models every time

It is not always true that the newest model of your favourite running shoe will fit the same way as the previous model did. Most brands make small changes to their shoes all the time. Even though the changes are very small, they can still make a difference compared to your previous running shoes. Therefore it is helpful to always try and test the newest model of your previous running shoes in-store.

Personal preference

It will be your next pair of running shoes that might help you reach your goals, in whatever way possible. This also means that you are going to be running in them, and therefore they need to be working for you. Your personal preference will always help you; as in many other situations, your gut feeling will always be right. Even though the shoe might not be your favourite color (neon green can be fun too), the technology and fit might do exactly what you need during your run.

In the end, it doesnโ€™t matter which pair of running shoes you buy, as long as they are fitting for you and you are happy with them. Could you imagine yourself running that next race with a big smile on your face because of your new shoes?

ARIONHUB is there for you to explore which shoe options there are. To help you gain more knowledge and insights for your next run.

Interested in an ARION analysis? Visit one of our ARIONHUB partners as they are more than happy to help you gain more knowledge into your unique Running Identity.

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