Running is probably the cheapest sport in the world. A ready you and a track to run, and you can just go for it anytime & anywhere, without the need for any expensive equipment. The only part that turns out to be very costly around the running ecosystem, is Shoe and a fitness tracker (optional). In this article, we are going to talk about various ways you can save some money when you go out to buy your next pair of running shoes.
Consider cheaper brands before falling for big brands
Having run multiple marathons, I have myself tried different shoes – the cheap and the expensive ones. I am honest when I say that I didn’t find anything particularly great for the price I paid to buy the expensive one. The cheaper one were also able to meet with the demand of supporting my feet well during the rigorous runs. The price gap between the Nike (expensive) and Power by Bata (not so expensive) was good 3 grands while the utility quotient was same.
So if you are not really brand conscious and believes in value for money, you should explore other reasonable options before falling for the expensive ones.
Don’t buy the latest from current year; buy the latest from last year
Yes, any new launch or a flagship product from a brand is likely to be expensive. The launch price is always on higher side and they are reduced only later based on market demand and competitor pricing. Most of the top brands worldwide would at least launch one new variant each year therefore you can consider buying the launch product from previous year for a lesser price.
We all know that online pricing any day is better than a brick and mortar price. If you know what type of shoes you are looking for and are clear of your exact requirements, you can make an order online. You can also visit a store to try out a particular product and buy it online later.
As e commerce has evolved so much today, where you can easily return and demand exchange of product. So it’s worth trying out few before settling down with the shoe of choice.
Avoid gait analysis based shoe if you don’t feel the need
Some of the global brands such as Asics offer technology to understand how you land on floor or your gait type before recommending the correct shoes for you. This is definitely helpful but it also comes with an additional cost. If you are a beginner and have never really had issues related to type of shoes or foot related injury, you don’t have to worry about your gait. You can continue using your current shoes and not spend extra on gait analysis based ones.
Shopping during right time of the year
Yes, you can also wait to for season/ occasion based discounts offered by many brands and also e commerce website to avail the best deal for you. If you lucky, you can manage to grab a good 2-3K discount on your choice. So keep looking out for announcement on offers.
Try barefoot running and do away with shoes
The best way to save money on a shoe is not buying it at all! Yes, that’s possible if you happen to be the next barefoot runner. Many people around the world are adapting to barefoot running as they have found it be working for them and they don’t feel the need to run in shoe at all. Even though not everyone can manage to run barefoot (including myself), and can sustain injury while trying it, it still worth a shot to give.
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