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Running Shoe 101:

So you’ve decided to start running. Incredible! Before your treads hit the road, let’s make sure you’re rocking the right fitting sneakers for your long runs! In today’s blog post, we’ll be covering the anatomy of a running shoe to teach you exactly what to look for in your next pair and we will be sharing some of our best tips for picking out the perfect pair! Ready, set, race to the store!

The Anatomy of a Running Shoe:

Anatomy of a Running Shoe

Running shoes come in every shape, style and colour - just like feet! What running on a cloud to one person, will feel like jogging across a bed of rocks to another. With so much versatility and options on the market, let’s take a deeper look at the components that make up a shoe.

Fabric and Material:

Ankle Collar:

Toe Box:



Heel Cushioning:

Now that we’ve covered the anatomy of a running shoe and what to look for the next time you pick one up off the shelf, we’re going to share a few “what not to buy” recommendations.

Tip #1: Do not buy based on the colour or style

Tip #2: Do not err on the side of "too snug"

Tip #3: Go to a specialty store

Tip #4: Size yourself

There you have it! The recipe for buying the perfect fitting running shoes everytime. When in doubt, get your feet sized, take them for a test walk and try a few pairs on to get a feel for what you like. Over time this process will get easier as you begin to learn what you love in a shoe!

-By Lindsay Mustard. Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist, firefighter-in-training and recipe-wizard with a burning passion for health and fitness. In her nutrition practice, Lindsay works with clients to craft a unique plan that is tailored to their specific health goals using a natural, whole food and supplement approach.