Shoes are one of the most ‘complicated’ things about running – what’s supposed to be a simple sport! Rebecca from I Think I will Run Today posted asking for help. Here are my tips on how to buy new running shoes! (Please note, this post contains some affiliate links – thanks for understanding that purchases you make after clicking will help to support the site hosting fees, etc!)
If you liked either of the shoes you wore before, you could buy them online for cheaper than in a brick & mortar store. I search on google and a few other spots, and have bought from Sierra Trading Post and Holabird Sports for their deals. I only buy online for shoes I know I want, and once a year I go into a brick & mortar running store to get re-fit (and support my local businesses).
Check out the Store Return Policy
If you do buy at a brick & mortar store, you should not be afraid to take advantage of their return policy. Most places will let you return them within 30 days, even if they have been worn. If the running store doesn’t offer that, don’t buy from them. (What happens with those shoes: they sell them at running expo’s! Check out Road Runner Sports at the Shamrock Shuffle Expo and you’ll see their huge tables of slightly worn shoes at huge discounts).
Buy where you feel most comfortable
When buying at a brick & mortar, go to the place you feel the most comfortable at. I would probably buy my next set of running shoes from RoadRunner Sports (affiliate link) if I had to buy again right now. I know the people there, have been to social events there, and just feel good knowing that I’m in good hands.
What are your tips on how to buy new running shoes?