How to Choose the Best Running Shoes for a Marathon

Step-by-step Instructions

Here is what you need to do...
Step 1

Get to know your body better. It is esssential to know your arch type when shoe shopping. You can find this by wetting your bare foot and stepping on a white piece of paper. Compare your print to an arch type guide. A great site for finding your shoe type is and click on the ShoeDog icon next to your gender to walk through the steps. They will ask for your weight and take you through my steps below.

Step 2

Assess the type of training you will be doing. Your weekly mileage and terrain type is going to make an immense impact on your shoe selection. You are going to need extra coushin for pavement or more support for trail running. The amount of mileage weekly will affect again your coushin level needed and you will want shoes specific for your distance. This is important whether you are a 25 mile a week marathon trainer or a pro hitting closer to 100 miles per week.

Step 3

After running through these steps you will find the type of shoe you will need; Stability, Neutral, or Motion Control. Once this is determined you can find your type of shoe in any brand. Please keep in mind all brands carry all types, so try not to base your current decision on past experiences with brands when it was probably an improper fitting that may have caused an ill review.

Step 4

Once you find your type, start to look for the color or style that fits you. Obviously darker colors will show less dirt and wear. Make it fun, and be prepared to splurge a little. Average quality running shoes will cost anywhere from $50-$180. In the long run a little extra money could save you a lot by protecting you from injury and by giving you the finish you're working toward.

Step 5

Preserve your equipment by keeping them dry and using them only for their intended purpose. Running shoes are made for running. Period. The right shoes will carry you 300-500 miles. After that, be smart and replace your equipment promply.

Special Attention

Difficulties people often experience or parts that need special attention to do it right.

Looks are not everything! The goal is to stay injury free during training. Also take advantage of free fittings at running stores. This does not mean you need to buy your shoes there. You can find out your basic info and shop online for a specific model or type to make sure you are getting the best deal.

Stuff You'll Need

Brand Product Price
Free Trainer 5.0 $89.99

Suggested Further Reading

Author Title Price

This Student Author

This Student Author's Background

Funny or interesting story about this topic...

In high school I was able to get away with buying the flashiest running shoes I could find. That was until years of wearing improper footwear caused aching injuries like shin splints and hip alignment issues. I quickly learned the importance of choosing the right shoes.

When did you first do this & how did you get started?

As my miles increased for collegiate cross country, so did my shoe particulars and knowledge. Now that I train for marathons, I use the insight from personal fittings and online tools/resources to find the perfect pair of shoes before I hit the road.

Other Tips from Ashley