article was written by Jessica Getty.
footwear provides the basis for a great run! Most athletic shoe companies make
shoes in a variety of styles, materials, shapes, and colors, so your options
are virtually unlimited. Lucky for animals, most running shoes are naturally
vegan, as synthetic materials are much more breathable and readily available. Companies
such as Saucony,
Brooks, New Balance, and ASICS all offer high-performance vegan
the right category of shoe for your needs is crucial. Some shoes are built
for motion control (ideal for people who have low arches or flat feet, which
can lead to over-pronation) and others for stability (designed for people with
normal to medium arches). Some shoes are cushioned (for those with high
arches). Most shoe companies manufacture shoes in every category, which can
make shoe shopping a little overwhelming. For this reason, most running stores
will have someone who can watch you walk and evaluate in a few moments which type
of shoe is right for you. If you take one thing away from this article, let it
be to shop by category, not by brand!
and durability are also important features of any good running shoe. Lots of
runners swear by ASICS shoes, which offer lots of support and cushioning. Better
yet, ASICS has made it easy to shop for vegan running shoes. All running shoes
with "N" in the product code/style number are vegan. Online stores such
as Pangea and Zappos also have vegan
remember that the average running shoe only lasts between 300 and 500 miles. Although
that may sound like a lot, a distance runner can run that far in just a few
months! After a shoe reaches its limit, its structure begins to break down, and
the shoe should be replaced.
Ready to go shoe shopping? Here's a handy tip: Try going at the end of the day
since that is when your feet are at their largest. If you wear orthotics or
inserts, be sure to bring them with you when you try on shoes.
Now, what are you waiting for? Go find your perfect pair! Once you do, please
share your experience with us in the comments section below.
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