The Best Asics Running Shoes

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The Best Asics Running Shoes
Asics running shoes come in a variety of styles to meet individual runners' needs. (running reflection in wet road image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

What to Look For

Choosing the best Asics shoe for your needs means thinking about where you will be running, on the road or in a park or forest. Know the type of foot you have: flat feet, high arches, overpronate, or supinate. Knowing the mechanics of your foot and running style can help fit the best shoe for you, says the website of Asics UK.

Common Pitfalls

Sometimes the best running shoe for your foot and gait is not necessarily the most popular style. Choosing a shoe simply based on looks may be fine for walking around, but for running and sports activities, a properly fitted shoe that meets your biomechanical needs can help prevent injury, provide support and cushioning, and help correct any gait abnormalities.

Where to Buy

Asics can be found in trainers stores, sporting goods stores and online. Once you have found a shoe that works for you, buying a pair online might be a good idea, but it can be helpful to try the shoe on in person to find the right style first. Some major cities like London have stand-alone Asics stores that carry a more complete line of the shoes.

Cost

In December 2011, Asics running shoes were normally priced anywhere between £35 and £150 in the company's official catalogue, but there are frequent sales in stores and online that help bring the prices down. The previous year's styles are typically cheaper than the newer models due to upgrades and changes in design; this is one option to help find a lower price.

Comparison Shopping

At first glance, it may seem like an Asics walking shoe can be used for running, but running shoes are specially designed for the added force and impact of running, whereas walking shoes are not. Running shoes tend to be stiffer than walking shoes to add support, according to ahealthyme.com. Running in walking shoes can lead to injury or discomfort, so it is important to pick a running-specific shoe and not use a regular walking shoe.

Accessories

While Asics running shoes provide cushioning, some runners may find they need even more cushioning; removable insoles can help provide minimal support and add cushioning to the shoe. For added comfort, padded running socks made out of a moisture-wicking material can help protect sensitive areas on the foot and help keep your feet drier and cooler.

Insider Tips

Buying shoes at the end of the day can help give you a better fit, since your feet are slightly swollen from the day's activities. This can ensure that the shoe will not get uncomfortably tight at the end of the day or after a hard workout, when the foot expands slightly.

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