One of the big advantages of running and potentially the reason why so many people choose to practice this sport is the notion that you can do it anytime, anywhere, and with any old pair of shoes. But avoiding to invest in appropriate footwear will eventually force you to invest in medical attention.
It’s important to choose running shoes that are comfortable and adapted to your running style. Many specialized stores and of course a good podiatrist can help you assess your needs. Once you have the right pair of shoes, remember these should be renewed every 700-800 kilometers (much like you do with the tires of your car). Use your running footwear only when running, store it in a dry and fresh place, and wash them with a small brush, soft soap and cold water. Small tricks to extend their life span!
One last piece of wisdom: last year’s model might be as good as this year’s but at half the price (again, much like it happens with cars). Veteran runners tend to wait for the new model to buy older versions at affordable prices.