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If you were going to buy a golf club, you wouldn't walk into a store and buy the first one you see, would you?

Of course not; especially if you want to improve your golf game! You'll want to hold the club, take some practice swings, hit some balls if the store has a practice spot, and look at the price, of course. If you are considering buying running shoes, you need to go through a similar process and take the time to find the perfect shoe.


Your feet are your primary source of transportation. They keep you upright, and get you from place to place. Since they play such an important role in your daily life, you need to make sure you are providing them with the best footwear possible.


The first thing to do is to figure out the shape of your feet; this will help to determine what shoes will fit you best. Look at your wet footprints on the bathroom floor, or walk on a piece of paper if you can't see the footprints clearly enough. If your footprint looks flat, or if you can see marks for your heels and front of your feet but no connecting part, you will need to get something more than the average running shoe. The first type of footprint means you have flat feet, and the second type means you have high arches. If you don't give your feet the proper support, it can cause your foot to roll in or out when you walk. This can affect your leg and even your back muscles.

In 1949, Kihachiro Onitsuka began manufacturing basketball shoes in his living room in Kobe, Japan. He dubbed his footwear company ASICS from the acronym of the Latin phrase "Anima Sana In Corpore Sano", or "sound mind in a sound body", based on the principles of total body health and well being. Introduced in the USA in 1977, ASICS has fast become the shoe of choice for athletes in many sports, combining technical innovation with stylish design. Experience the legacy and the performance of ASICS with both signature ASICS products and Onitsuka Tiger classics.

In the 1890's, J.W. Foster handmade some of the finest competitive running shoes. Named after a swift gazelle, Reebok soon became known as one of the leading innovators of athletic shoe design and technology. Popular in the 1980's for aerobic, fitness and tennis styles, Reebok continues to grow and expand into every major competitive sport, with signature style and superior technology.

Named for its founder, Adi Dassler, Adidas athletic footwear has a heritage dating back to the 1920's of making the world's most influential shoes for athletes. Always innovative, dedicated to the ideal that shoes should always work with the foot, Adidas'™ philosophy is to help the athlete achieve the highest performance level. From classic footwear with authentic, enduring style to the cutting edge of modern sports performance, Adidas leads the way with superior design and innovative technology. From the simplest sandals to the most complex technical running shoes, Adidas are always the right choice for comfort, fit, style, and performance.

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When you go to look for running shoes, go to a sports store, rather than a department store. The sports store will have a much larger selection, and the sales staff is trained to know what type of shoe will be best for you. If you have flat feet, high arches, or other conditions such as wide feet, tell the sales person right away. Then, he or she will bring you a selection of shoes made specifically for your foot type. This doesn't mean they will all fit perfectly; you will need to try on each one before you make your decision. Make sure to try on both shoes, as sometimes one will fit slightly different on one foot than on the other foot. Tie the laces properly. Walk, jog, or jump in the shoes. Do they feel comfortable? Do they give you excellent support? Are they the right size and width?

Price is another important factor to consider. Some shoes are overpriced, and some are poorly made. Look carefully at the shoes before you buy them to see if they are good quality. Compare prices between brands, and also between stores. Don't be cheap, though; you will get what you pay for, and if you want a good-quality shoe you will have to pay a bit more than you normally would. Also, get the shoe that suits the type of activity you will be doing. There are shoes that can be used for any activity, and there are some made specifically for running, biking, soccer, tennis, etc. Check the store's return policy to see if you can bring them back after a day or week if they feel uncomfortable.

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