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There is probably nothing more important than a suitable shoe to allow you to work in the best way when you’re running. The relationship between the surface that you are running on and the biomechanics of your running style is a crucially important relationship. As time goes on you will find yourself developing your own understanding of what your expectations are from a running shoe, but initially there’s a few things that we need to take into consideration before actually committing to pay out a large amount of money for a shoe. One of the first things to remember is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a running shoe to get a good shoe. If you’re spending between $140 and $170 you should be able to get a world-class shoe from one of the most reputable shoe companies. If you choose to spend more that is fine also. The most important thing is that the basic characteristics of the shoe are allow it to be well fitting, a shoe that has good room for the toes in the toe box, and that there is a very good shock absorption system to allow you to get the best shock absorption for your bones muscles ligaments and tendons in the lower limb. Remember that what is happening in the upper body is very much related to how well your running position is being controlled by the shoe. Your foot biomechanics are important of course, and we will discuss this in greater detail elsewhere. It is very important also to make sure that you are replacing your shoes on a regular basis, and not letting them get much older than around about 4 to 6 months in age, if you are running on a regular basis. The amount of intensity, the duration of the run, the intervals between your runs, and your overall health are all important characteristics in good development of running style and increasing your conditioning and fitness level. It is therefore essential that you are addressing the quality and fit of your running shoe, and making sure that the shoe is going to serve you well for its purpose. If you require any more advice regarding a good running shoe, then it’s very important that you go to a reputable shoe store in order to allow them to fit issue for you that are suitable for your needs. I am able to assist you with specific recommendations, but the person fitting the shoe and the options of shoe selection are vitally important. An example of a good shop to buy your shoes would be a shop that allows your fitting to be carried out by a qualified shoe fitting technician. An example of this would be Athletes foot, who no matter who you’re being served by in the shop, they have all done a shoe fitting technician course, to allow you to be fitted into a shoe that will allow your foot to function the way it is supposed to while running. You may have some questions regarding running technique, which I am able to assist you with. My personal experience in running spans is from sprinting and cross country running at school, up to most recently, a mixture of half marathons and full trail marathon distance running.