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I have always been confused with buying shoe inserts. If I buy them, do I take out my inserts that came with the shoes and replace them or do these inserts go on top of the original ones. Also, if today’s shoes are designed for specific foot/running types such as over-pronated, why would you need to buy the extra inserts. wouldn’t this just overcompensate the effects or would it actually be better?
Thanks for your help!
Your question kinda reminds me of the old panty-hose/underwear question. What goes on top of what? Do you need both? Actually, that one is a little more straightforward now that I really think about it.
I wear a neutral running shoe, and I occasionally buy special inserts. I always take out the one that comes with the shoe and put the new ones directly on the flat footbed.
If your special inserts address pronation or encourage your foot to strike at an angle of any sort, I generally wouldn’t advise you use those in a shoe that is already designed for pronation. As you said, it would overcompensate the effects and mess you up more.
Now if a doctor advises it, or if you are too cheap to get checked out but you notice your foot pronates so much with every step that you are cleaning the streets with the fabric of your shoe, then you need both! I tell most people that unless you have a special foot problem or you plan to do an extreme amount of running, a reputable shoe company’s stock model for your foot type should do the trick.
Buying from a local specialty running store is going to give you your best fit (real runners often work there). Get a special insole only for increased comfort, arch support, or to prevent your foot from sliding around. My favorite insoles are spencos or superfeet with just a little arch in them.
Moving forward in your running, you can do exercises with your feet, ankles, and core that improve your foot strike and work toward correcting pronation, moving you toward a more ideal shoe/insole combo: a neutral shoe with slightly corrective over the counter insoles (also saves you a lot of money!) I can tell you as an elite athlete that you can change the way your feet work. I’ve done it, and so have many people I know. It is not unrealistic for most people to improve the health and functionality of their feet. It takes a little time and effort, but in the end, having a healthier foundation makes all your body movements more efficient all the way up the chain.
All the best!
If I am a casual jogger, how often should I switch my running shoes?
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If you run every day, no matter how casually, you’ll need new ones every 300-500 miles. I’ve run in a pair of lunarglies for 700 but I wouldn’t try that at home. If you wear your running shoes around town when you grocery shop, walk the dog, or whatever, they won’t last as long. Its all about time on the feet. The best way to make your shoes last is to wear them exclusively for running, and keep them out of extreme temperatures when you aren’t wearing them (not in the back of your car window in the heat of summer like I manage to do at least once a year). Before I started running seriously, I’d get three pairs a year, Christmas, first day of Spring in May, and my September birthday (and that way I got them as gifts 2/3 times Highly recommend implementing some strategy there.