This question gets asked and discussed a lot.
There are as many opinions as people these days… about most things really. So I wanted to express mine to help you on your research.
So, are expensive running shoes worth it?
What is expensive?
Everyone has a different opinion on what is expensive. For some, paying 100 dollars is expensive while for others 20 is high enough. Or there are people that think expensive only starts over a 1,000 dollars on shoes…
This is the first question you need to ask yourself. What do you think is the starting price for running shoes to be expensive?
If you are in the category of considering running shoes to be expensive if they have a 4 digit price tag, then you clearly don’t have a problem with the price. If you ask me – you are massively overpaying! Running shoes don’t need to be that expensive and you are most likely paying for the brand. And that’s fine – you must be into fashion! I wish I could spare that kind of money for running shoes!
Anyway, if you are struggling to get 20 dollars together then you might struggle to get the running shoes that will be right for you and won’t contribute to getting injuries. But it is not all lost – there are ways to get good running shoes not having to spend all your cash!
If you are in the middle category of being able to pay a low 3 digit price for your running shoes – you just need to find the right ones!
What is right for others, might not be right for you!
That applies to pretty much anything else in life, so why would running shoes be an exception?
Now that you have established what actually is expensive to you, you need to understand the most important thing!
Which running shoes fit you the best? And not just the fact that they fit….
Yes, of course you need to make sure that they fit, but also – how do you feel while running? You need to make sure that if you start getting pain, it’s not because of your shoes.
I have gone through countless pairs over the years. And I will be honest – I haven’t found the perfect ones but there are some pretty damn good ones. For me – not necessarily for you.
I’m afraid you won’t be able to tell for sure that a certain pair of running shoes are worth that high price until you start running in them. They might cost 600 dollars but you just won’t be able to run for long.
I prefer a thicker sole on my running shoes. Yes, it makes the running harder as they are normally heavier but that thin sole really hurts my feet and I simply cannot do any long runs in them. Personal preference.
There is also a chance that you need orthopedic running shoes. This might be suggested by your doctor or can also just be your choice. There is a wide variety of orthopedic shoes depending on what issues you are trying to resolve. It could be having flat feet, high arch or just you wanting more cushioning and support.
There is also another aspect you need to consider and question to ask yourself…
Where are you running?
You really don’t want to wear your road running shoes with minimal grip while going on a trail run in the forest (especially if it’s wet)! Recipe for a disaster…been there, done that…
Yes, if you choose to do trail running as well as road running, you will have to get trail shoes. And the same principle applies for those – you will just have to try different ones out until you find the ones for you!
Let it breathe!
There is nothing worse than going for a long run in a hot summer day with trainers that don’t let much air in.
You will want breathable running shoes for those hot summer days – trust me!
Let’s be honest, you will have to spend a bit of money on running shoes..
Keep trying until you find the ones!
I have bought so many running shoes over the years I can’t even count anymore.
I have also had black toenails, countless blisters and even injuries from running in the wrong shoes during the years.
My advice to you – list what you think you require from running shoes, research, buy, try and see if they work. If not, move onto the next pair and update your list on what you now require!
So, are expensive running shoes worth it?
Yes – when you find your pair!