Invest In Your Passion: Finding The Right Running Shoe

Alain Saint-Dic
Alain Saint-Dic, Health and Fitness Editor at 20something, brings over nine years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Though he studied pre-law, his love for the human body, it's adaptive ability and unlocking the largely untapped potential of human beings led him to pursue a passionate career in health, fitness, and athletics.

As you progress through your 20something years, some of you will fall madly in love with running. It will start with a two mile jog in the mornings for the sake of maintaining some form of exercise, and transform into pushing your limits and regularly training for half or full marathons.

One thing you’ll start to notice, however, is that while you’re still putting mileage on those same Converses you went bar hopping in during college, a lot of other runners will have decently professional running sneakers, from all different brands and in pretty cool colors.

That’s why it’s time to step up to the big leagues and invest your money into your passion. If you love running, you need proper sneakers that are made for running, comfortable, and the perfect fit your foot type.




The Top Brands to Check Out:

  • Asic
  • Nike
  • New Balance
  • Brooks
  • Mizuno
  • Adidas
  • Saucony
  • Newton


Selecting the Type of Sneaker:

Running sneakers can be broken down into three categories based on your foot type and how you land when you run.

  • Flat feet
  • Neutral feet
  • High arches

Based on your foot type you’ll either overprontate (foot rolls inwards), have a neutral strike, or supinate (foot rolls outwards). It’s important to seek out a running store with staff trained to analyze your foot type, and help you find the right fit.


Where to Find the Right Shoes:

  • Paragon Sports
  • The Running Company
  • Jack Rabbit
  • Super Runners Shop

Though there are many stores in NYC that sell specific running sneakers, these four stores have highly passionate staff who are fellow runners and trained to help you find the perfect running sneaker. They also perform a brief running test, called a gait analysis, which helps them find the right sneaker type for you.

Once you’ve been matched with your rubber-soled mate, make sure to keep a log of the differences you feel in your new shoes. Next time you shop to replace them (4-6 months) you’ll be able to tell your shoe guide exactly what you want. Happy Running!


Did the investment in proper running sneakers change the way you run? Comment below!