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Choose shoes for sidewalks or start lines

Your running kit isn't complete without a great pair of shoes. Road running shoes are lightweight and breathable, designed with both speed and comfort in mind. They’re also cushioned to protect your joints from the repetitive impact of running strides. If it’s been a while since you bought a pair, check out how to choose running shoes to keep you running strong. MEC has running shoes from Brooks, Hoka One One, New Balance and more.

Running shoes should be replaced every 500 to 800 kilometers, but you can maximize your shoes’ lifespan by switching between two pairs. This gives the foam soles a chance to bounce back in between runs. It can be nice to have an everyday pair of running shoes that are more cushioned for long, slow miles and a more lightweight pair of running shoes for faster-paced workouts.

A perfect match

Pair your shoes with running socks from brands like Smartwool, Darn Tough or Stance. They’re made for activity, so they’re breathable and wick sweat to help prevent blisters. Look for seamless performance socks that have some cushioning for extra comfort.