Busting myths about running shoes

One of the most common questions I hear is this:

"Which running shoes are the best?"

Of course it's impossible to answer that question, because no shoe could possibly be the best for every single foot. The question itself reminds me of all the myths I've heard about running shoes, such as:

  • Shoes should provide lots of cushioning for shock absorption.
  • They should prevent pronation.
  • They should fit snugly.
  • You should buy whatever your running store employee recommends, because they always know best.
  • If your feet hurt, get orthotics.

Are you surprised to learn these are myths?

If so, it's time to brush up on your running shoe knowledge. Check out the American College of Sports Medicine's running shoe recommendations to find out how to choose a good pair of shoes.