Running Shoe Buyers Guide

One of the official sponsors of the Pretoria Spar Women’s Challenge, Asics provides tips for buying a new pair of running shoes that are perfectly suited to your needs.

A good pair of running shoes is essential to your training and to your performance on race day – they provide the cushioning, support and stability you need to reach the finish line. However, faced with all the choices in terms of model, technology and colourways on offer, buying new running shoes can be tricky. To help runners find the right shoe for their needs, Asics has compiled the ultimate running shoe shopping guide:

Clarify your needs

Identify what kind of shoe you need based on what it will be used for. Do you take part in more trail running, road running or hiking, for instance? Also consider what sort of mileage you are hoping to achieve and communicate this to the shop assistant.

Use past experience

Bring your old running shoes along with you if possible and be sure of the pros and cons of the previous shoe so the seller can attempt to alleviate the cons and better the pros of the shoes you used before.

Consider your stance

Identify whether you are an over pronator or a neutral runner. This can be done at one of Asics’ Foot ID events or through a gait analysis at a specialist store.

Take your time

Try on both a soft and firm shoe option and try spending at least five minutes walking in each shoe to get as good a feel as possible.

Size it right

Regarding size, you should normally have a thumb space from the end of your toe and the end of the shoe. This will help prevent the loss of toenails.


Be practical

Make peace with the fact that the right shoe isn’t always the right colour. Also keep in mind that while wearing a brand new pair of shoes is one of life’s simple pleasures, race day itself is not the right time to wear a brand new pair. Try to wear in your new running shoes well in advance of race day.

Focus on running

Running involves a very specific and repetitive movement of the foot, from heel to toe and repeatedly bouncing your whole body up and down. The right shoes need to have the right grip and traction, they need to allow your foot to breathe, and they need to be comfortable over a long distance.

Follow this guide and you are sure to be race ready! The Pretoria Spar Women’s Challenge takes place on 5 August 2017 at SuperSport Park Stadium. Entries are available in participating Spar stores and online. Visit for more information and online entries.

Author: Pedro van Gaalen