When looking for a pair of Nike cross country shoes, you’ll have to do a lot of thought about the feet that will go into them. If you have arches that are higher or lower than average, you’ll need shoes that offer the right support in that area. Don’t know how high or low your arches are? Try getting the bottom of your feet wet, then standing on a piece of paper. Trace the image left behind on a dry piece of paper and you will be able to delineate the shape of the arches of your feet. Take that paper with you when you go to get your new pair of shoes.
Another consideration is pronation, or the way your feet roll when you walk. Stepping so that the outside of your heel and the ball of your foot hit the ground is neutral pronation. If you tend to land on the insides of your feet when you walk, that is underpronation, and stepping on the outsides of your feet when you walk is overpronation. It is fairly easy to see how much you pronate and in which way - simply look at a pair of shoes you’ve worn often and see how the soles are worn down. Once you know the basic details of the shape of your feet and how you walk, a sales person can help you find the perfect Nike cross country shoes for you.
Here are a few more tips for finding the Nike cross country shoes that fit you best:
Take your old shoes with you on your trip to the shoes store and let the salesperson inspect the soles. That way, you’ll have expert opinion on how you pronate when you walk and can get the appropriate type of shoe. The best time to shop for shoes is late in the day, preferably in the late afternoon or early evening - whenever you’ve been on your feet for the previous few hours.
Everyone’s feet expand a little after exertion and you’ll need shoes that compensate for that. Your socks are also important. Wear whatever type of socks you wear while running when trying on running shoes. Make sure you take measurements of both feet, because most people do not have feet that are of equal size. One foot is generally bigger than the other. Your pair of shoes should fit best on your larger foot. Bring any orthodics you might have so you know for sure that they work with your new pair of shoes.