Choosing a pair of running shoes is critical for runners as a pair of loose running shoes can injure your ankle more easily. Yet, a pair of stiff running shoes can result in fatigue muscles and shin splints. Here are 3 simple tests for you to choose your right pair of shoes!
1. Dish-rag test
- To test torsional rigidity
- A good pair of shoes should not be twisted easily to provide stability of the forefoot
2. Pinch test
- To test heel counter rigidity
- A good pair of shoes should have rigid heel counter
- Rigid heel counter is good for providing proprioceptive feedback and make the forefoot more stabilized
3. Fold test
- Flexion stability
- A good pair of shoes should bend just behind forefoot for toe off
- We don’t want the ones that bend in midfoot
Ta-da! It is that easy! Now you can have a good pair of shoes for your running!