The ASICS Guide to Your Most Comfortable Run.

1. THE TYPE OF SHOE: Will you be road running, track running or trail running? All these surfaces require a different kind of shoe. Another basic distinction is between racing and training shoes. Comfortable running shoes can be worn on more than one type of terrain, but knowing where you’ll be spending most of your run can help you determine how your shoes should fit to allow for the most comfort.

2. PRONATION TYPE: Pronation is the term used to describe the way your foot rolls when you walk and run. Essentially, when buying any kind of sport shoe, you should know your pronation type first. Each shoe on the market is suitable for a type of pronation. You can find out what your pronation type is by getting an expert gait analysis done for you – many specialist running retail stores will offer this service. Knowing how your feet move when you run can make all the difference to the comfort of your run.

3. SHOE LENGTH & TOE BOX: Keep an open mind with your shoe size and remember that your foot will need more room the more you run. The further you run the more your foot will naturally expand. This means it’s wise to have just a little extra room in your shoe. Making sure there is enough space in the toe box of your shoe can give you the room you need for those long runs without any unnecessary discomfort.

4. SHOE WIDTH: The width of your shoe is equally as important as the length when it comes to a good fit. People have a variety of foot shapes and widths, and often have wider or narrower feet than some of the standard shoe sizes.

5. WEIGHT: Weight refers to two things: The runner’s weight – if you are a heavy or bigger built runner then you may need more supportive shoes. And, the shoe’s weight – generally, since you are going to be wearing your shoes for many miles, the lighter they may need to be to allow for a more comfortable run.

6. RUNNING SOCKS: When you are buying shoes try them on in the evening (when your foot is slightly bigger) and try them on with running socks. There is a wide range available, with socks which are specifically designed for running and vastly improve the feeling of comfort and support inside the shoe. It is even possible to buy socks which have been custom designed to match with a particular shoe design.