The right running shoe is super important! It helps protect you from getting hurt and can make you actually enjoy running.
BuzzFeed Life spoke with Harry Pino, PhD, exercise physiologist at the Sports Performance Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Mary Arnold, Field Marketing Manager for Running Specialty Group.
Here's what they say you should look for when choosing a new running shoe. You can also just skip straight to the quiz to find the best shoe for you.
1. How does your foot hit the ground when you run? This is called pronation.
The way your foot pronates determines how your body absorbs the impact of running. There are three kinds of pronation:
Underpronation (also called supination)
2. How much cushioning are you looking for?
3. How many miles do you plan on running per week?
4. And remember to get the right size, and factor in that your feet sometimes get a bit swollen.
For the combination of high stability, moderate cushioning, and running more than 35 miles per week, we switched in a shoe that more closely fits within the parameters. Thank you to several commenters for pointing this out.