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By wearing the right shoes, you reduce the risk of injury, optimize your workout and increase the possibility of reaching the state where everything just flows. With the wrong shoes on your feet, however, the opposite applies. Your running won’t be as smooth and you will increase the risk of injury to feet, knees, hip and back. This shoe guide offers basic information about what you should consider when choosing running shoes, focusing on running surface, body weight and running gait. Remember, wearing shoes that suit you and your running style will make your workout more efficient and more comfortable.
On what kind of surface do you usually run – street, trail or mixed? Streets have a hard surface that requires running shoes with more cushioning while trail running provides a softer surface with lower cushioning requirements. When running on trails, however, the design and quality of the outsole is crucial for you to get good grip and to avoid slipping on roots and wet stones. It is also important that the shoe is somewhat more stable when running on soft and uneven surfaces to avoid sprains and other injuries.
Our V175 shoes feature a Megagrip outsole from Vibram that offers great grip on both dry and wet streets while the X165 shoes provide better grip on uneven surfaces. Both shoes come with sufficient cushioning to work excellently for running on both hard and soft surfaces.
Your weight plays a major role in what type of running shoe you should choose, especially in terms of the need for stability and cushioning. In general, the heavier you are, the more stability and cushioning you need.
If you are relatively heavy and usually run on dry streets, gravel roads or forest paths, the X165 is a great choice. However, if you are relatively light and want optimal grip on streets (including wet asphalt), the V175 is the perfect shoe for you. The stability of these two styles are quite similar and very good for most runners.
Running gait and landing technique vary for each individual. All our shoes are designed for a neutral running gait in order to suit as many runners as possible. In addition, the insoles are removable and can easily be replaced with an insole that is shaped and optimized to your particular gait.
When you run, your feet move both forward, backward and sideways. It is therefore important that the running shoes have enough space for the feet to move. In general, this means that you should choose one size larger compared to your everyday shoes. Also keep in mind that when you run, your feet tend to swell slightly, which requires even more extra space. We therefore recommend trying out running shoes in the afternoon or evening, the time of day when your feet are usually the largest.
To minimize the risk of chafing and blisters on your feet during workouts, it is important to wear functional socks. Our recommendation is to use socks developed specifically for running, such as Compression Sock or Cool Shaftless Sock. Then you get a sock with strategically placed seams and efficient moisture transport that minimizes chafing and keeps your feet dry and cool. Compression Sockis a perfect choice if you prefer to run in socks with high shafts while Cool Shaftless Sock is the optimal running sock for you who enjoy lightweight socks without a shaft.