Barefoot running may or may not be a healthy trend for you and if you prefer to hit the clay or pavement with running shoes, here are some tips and shoe suggestions to keep you at peak performance beginning with your toes.
Hundreds of millions of people run to keep fit, de-stress and compete with over 16 million runners in Germany alone.
According to the July print edition of the German magazine mobil, there are three types of runners and each person should select shoes according to their style of running.
Type A runners (competitive) are training for marathons and the like, you won't find them with iPods as music distracts from their regime.
Shoe suggestions (and suggested retail prices): Adidas Supernova Glide 2 (€120), Asics Gel DS Trainer 15 (€150), Brooks Glycerin 8 (€140), Ecco Biom A (€200), Lunge C-Dur (€200), Salomon Trail Pro5 (€100)
Type B runners (fitness) opt for well-traveled paths and treadmills with the goal of losing weight and keeping fit. They prefer dried fruit to chocolate.
Shoe suggestions: Adidas Supernova Glide 2 (€120), Brooks Glycerin 8 (€140), Ecco Biom B (€200), Lunge C-Dur (€200), Nike Free Run + (€100), Nike Structure Triax+13 (€120), Saucony ProGrid Triumph 7 (€145)
Type C runners (casual) prefer to be in nature, without competition and run for optimal health and to de-stress and will likely to enjoy a swim the day after a run.
Shoe suggestions: adiSTAR Salvation (€150), Adidas Supernova Glide 2 (€120), Brooks Glycerin 8 (€140), Nike Structure Triax+13 (€120), Saucony ProGrid Triumph 7 (€145)