Qatar’s current weather is perfect for a good run. Not
too hot and not too cold either. But before you take that run, think about your
feet first. Experienced runners, even newbies, know the importance of a good running
shoe. Before you grab a pair, here are 3 tips on how to choose the right
Check your arch.
Archs, that’s the curve in the middle of your foot, come in three types—high,
low and neutral. Why is arch type important? The lower the arch, the more
stability your foot needs since your level of flexibility changes. New Balance shoes like the
Zante are good for runners with lower archs.
Runners with higher arches can wear Asics shoes, which are not as
sturdy but has gel cushioning. Neutral foot types have more fun since they can choose from
Adidas, Puma, Nike, Under Armour,
Diadora and other running shoes. Sports Corner
has new models of Puma and Asics you might want to check out.
After the knowing your arch type, cushioning should be your next concern. Most people think “the more
the cushioning, the better” but that’s not entirely true. Too much cushioning
affects flexibility and performance. Follow this as a cushioning guide:
cushioning: If you’re going for a brisk walk or light jog, cushioning can
be minimal. Shoes like Lotto and Diadora are good choices.
cushioning: This one is for race running. Experts who want a faster run
should also wear shoes with moderate cushioning. New Balance is a good choice
for this one, its wider sides is also a plus. Reebok is a wise choice as well.
cushioning: Maximum protection is needed for runners who regularly run at
high intensity at a great distance. The high cushioning helps prevent wear and
tear. Runners who train for a marathon or distance runners benefit from
high-cushioned shoes. Adidas, Asics and Nike have good running shoes with lots
This is a factor most people underestimate. Breathability means the airflow
provided to your feet by the shoe. Good ventilation is not only hygienic—it
prevents bad bacteria from accumulating because of the sweat—but helps in your
running performance. Badly-ventilated shoes can cause hot and sweaty feet and
the discomfort may affect your run. Under Armour, which is available in Sports
Corner stores, Adidas, Asics, Puma and Nike are known for their breathable