There’s a 50 Percent Chance You’re Tying Your Running Shoes Wrong

How to keep your laces tight, pick the right shoes, and more, from the Runner’s World test editors.

There isn’t a single shoe you can buy that’s perfect for all conditions and workouts. On long runs, wear a cushioned trainer for support. On race day, break out those racing flats. —Amanda Furrer

Gray shoes are perceived as heavy. Shoes without black rubber are perceived as having bad traction. Point? Don’t judge a shoe based on its looks.—Jeff Dengate

You CAN run on a trail with a road shoe. Dirty shoes are your friend.—Derek Call


Don’t buy a shoe based on a cushy insole. Softness there doesn’t equate to softness while you’re actually running. Find a store that will let you take shoes for a test run before you buy.—Amy Wolff

Every year, make yourself try a different shoe. As your body changes and your goals change, your needs from your footwear are going to change. too.
Pat Heine

Midsole wear is a great indicator of when it’s time to replace a shoe. Pull the footbed out and feel for significant depressions near the balls of your feet.—Dan Roe

Shoes don’t injure people. More often than not, an injury arises from an error in your training.—J.D.

I used to think the lightest shoes were the fastest; now I’m opting for heavier, more built-up trail shoes because I need the grip and cushioning. Bonus: I’m still clocking huge PRs.—P.H.

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