New Runner: Buying Your First Pair Of Shoes

Buying a pair of running shoes can be a challenge for a new runner.

This story is part of an ongoing series aimed at new runners.

Running is a simple sport—all you need is a pair of shoes, some shorts and a T-shirt (and a sports bra for the ladies). That’s how the saying goes anyway. Running can be a simple sport, but it can also have many challenging hurdles to conquer before you can get started. The first of those challenges is buying a pair of running shoes.

With so much technospeak and marketing jargon bantered about in running shoe ads, reviews and online discussion, it’s hard to know which pair of shoes a newbie should buy. (What the heck is a “heel-toe drop” anyway?) By following these guidelines and considering a number of variables with appropriate importance, you can arm yourself with enough information for the most important starting point of buying shoes: the decision process. Click through the photos below to learn some insights about buying new shoes.

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