Running is a cheap sport activity, given that it doesn’t require any fancy equipment or expensive special gear. But one thing that it does require is a decent pair of running shoes.

The good news is that, as a beginning runner, you don’t need a superstar pair of running shoes. Beginners will not be logging a lot of road distance at first, so that eliminates the need for all the fancy bells and whistles found in the upper-range running shoes. In the future, your weekly miles or kms will be more of a determining factor in what type of shoe you buy.

For your first pair of running shoes, some running tips to consider are:

Foot Shape & Motion
Body Frame

Foot Shape & Motion

While there are numerous tests available for you to determine your own foot shape and motion, the most reliable method is to visit a specialty running shoe store. There, the staff can evaluate the bio-mechanics of your feet and advise you about which types of shoes are right for you.

Having said that, for a beginning runner, making the correct choices is not as important as it might be later, when you are running greater distances. So if your selection is not perfect for your particular degree of pronation, it’s not the end of the world. You will have an opportunity to get a better match later, when you have more experience and are ready to buy your next pair of shoes.

Body Frame

Body weight is connected to how quickly a shoe will break down due to the repeated impacts of the shoe against the ground. A runner with a larger frame will break down a shoe more quickly than one with a lighter frame. For those with larger frames, it is important to get a shoe with sufficient cushioning features, in order to properly absorb the shock of the foot impact, and to avoid stress-related injuries.

Your Budget

As already noted, beginners really don’t need superstar running shoes. If you select any shoe that is appropriate for your bio-mechanical needs (foot shape and motion), and has sufficient cushioning for your body frame, then that is all the shoe you really need.

Bear in mind, however, that if you skimp too much on running shoes, you might very well end up paying for it in medical bills. So don’t automatically go for the cheapest shoes in the store. Instead, use common sense and choose a good middle-of-the-road selection that is right for your particular needs.