The usual advice one hears is to shop for shoes in the afternoon, when your feet are at their most swollen. This goes for running shoes, too, because your feet swell as you run. And whatever kind of shoes you are buying, be sure to try them on with the socks that you plan to wear with them.
If there is a higher-end shoe store in your area that has experienced salespeople, it’s really worth shelling out the extra bux. A well-fitted, high quality pair of shoes will cost you more, but you will get much, much more wear out of them than a cheap pair of shoes that will fall apart in half a year, or a pair that doesn’t fit comfortably so that you never take them out of the closet. Three years ago, my husband finally dragged his triple-wide feet to a spendy shoe store and shelled out about $300 for two pair of good shoes. He finally has comfortable shoes that he doesn’t complain about, and both pair are still in excellent condtion, and will probably be good for a few more years of wear. If you’re like me, you have a favorite pair of shoes that you wear almost every day; if it makes sense to invest in anything you wear, shoes are it.
Here’s a guide to finding the right running shoe. Again, going to a store with knoweldgable sales people, especially one that specializes in running shoes, is going to be a big help. Bring your old running shoes so they can look at the wear pattern.