Qualities Of A Good Running Shoe


Good running shoes can make the difference between coming in last or recording your best time ever. The staff at Cumberland Walk-Run in Somerset, KY, can help you find the ideal pair of shoes whether you're a marathoner or just run occasionally.

How to evaluate running shoes

When you compare running shoes, consider these important factors:

  • Cushioning: Every time your foot hits the ground, a small shockwave travels from your feet and legs throughout your entire body. Well-made running shoes containing ample cushioning to reduce shock and help you avoid foot, ankle, leg or back pain.
  • Fit: Looking at size alone isn't the best way to select running shoes. Fit can vary considerably between sizes and brands. The ideal running shoe should fit your foot snugly without feeling too tight.
  • Wiggle Room: Your foot swells a little during the day, which is why foot doctors recommend shopping for shoes in the afternoon. Any pair of shoes you buy should offer a little space between the end of your toes to prevent pain and blisters.
  • Flex: Running shoes are designed to bend easily with your foot as you run. Before you make a purchase, take a quick jog around the store to evaluate flex. The store staff can help you find the best shoes for road, treadmill or trail running.
  • Arch Support: Good arch support helps your feet support the weight of your body when you run. It's not always easy to determine your arch type yourself. Fortunately, the staff at Cumberland Walk-Run in Somerset can analyze the structure of your foot and your gait and recommend the best type of running shoe for you.
  • Stability: The best running shoes control foot motion. If your foot slides around in the shoe, you're more likely to sprain your ankle or experience other injuries.
  • Uppers: Do the uppers feature seamless construction? Seams can irritate your feet, causing painful blisters.
  • Materials: Is the upper made of breathable, lightweight materials? Shoes that help wick away sweat keep you more comfortable when you run and help reduce the likelihood that you'll develop Athlete's foot.

Do you need a new pair of running shoes? Stop by Cumberland Walk-Run in Somerset, KY, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or call the store at (606) 679-2773.

Hours of Operation

Monday:

8:30 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:30 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:30 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:30 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:30 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Our Location

117 Trade Park Dr STE A, Somerset, KY 42503