Good shoes make all the difference. Running expert Rick Wright breaks down what to look for to get it right:
Size: "Our feet swell through the day and when we're active," says Mountain Equipment Co-op's Rick Wright. Buy shoes with about a finger's width of room past your toes, and shop at the end of the day for the most accurate fit.
Fabric: Look for lightweight mesh nylon with a breathable toe bed to keep feet cool and prevent blisters.
Sole: For road running, look for a more flexible shoe with a tougher outside edge and a softer midsole to give you better grip. A trail or walking shoe should have a more torsionally rigid sole for support.
Heel: The back of the shoe offers crucial support. "You shouldn't experience any heel lift as you walk, and the snug fit should continue all the way to the ball of your foot," says Wright.