Take the guesswork out of choosing your next pair of running shoes with 361°

The task of picking your next pair of running shoes can be a daunting one. Depending on a number of factors, some shoes will work better, or worse, for you. To help you out, 361° has pulled together five things to consider before tapping that ‘buy’ button… 

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The 361 Centauri features a soft but responsive ENGAGE midsole

How often do you run?

This first step helps to establish what you might need from your shoes in terms of durability and cushioning. For those training for longer distances, it’s generally accepted that a more cushioned shoe, such as 361° Spire 5, helps to attenuate or spread impact forces more effectively. This helps to reduce injury and keep you out on the road for longer. 

What surfaces do you run on?

Running shoes are often designed for one of two terrains: road, or trail. Road shoes tend to be lighter and more cushioned, with a hard-wearing outsole that provides plenty of traction.

For trail, having the security of a shoe with a lugged outsole – able to bite the ground and prevent slips on uneven ground – may be more suitable. Trail shoes often feature a tighter, weaved upper material, too, which helps to keep debris away and protect the foot from sharp stones.

For something in the middle, Taroko 3 from 361° offers the best of both worlds, featuring a road-based underfoot cushioning experience, with a beefed-up outsole and upper. That combination makes it a great fit for runners on the fence about which type of shoe is best for them.

Have you had your gait analysed?

Your gait – simply the way you walk or run – can significantly impact your running performance and the type of running shoes you need. A gait analysis can help you identify any biomechanical issues that affect your running, and determine the best type of shoes for your feet. 

When it comes to choosing your next running shoes, always visit your local running store for the best advice and guidance. Head to 361europe.com for a list of trusted stockists.

How do you want your shoes to feel?

While it’s important to get the right level of support, part of the battle is finding shoes that are comfortable. For a soft, bouncy shoe, opt for the Centauri, 361°’s latest neutral shoe, featuring an ENGAGE˚ midsole. 

Are you sure your size is correct?

Often, runners will underestimate their shoe size – sometimes by up to two full sizes. Getting the size right is crucial to prevent blisters, black toenails, and other foot injuries.

Try to measure your feet before buying new shoes, and opt for a pair that fits snugly without being too tight. Remember that your feet can swell during a run, too, so leave some space between your toes and the front of the shoe.

Ready to step up your running game? Check out the 361° collection for a wide range of shoes that cater to your specific needs at 361europe.com


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