Receive a professional evaluation for your feet:
Many speciality running stores now have equipment that can analyse your gait (how you walk/run) and your foot type. This will help you to know whether or not you need support to prevent your foot from rolling inward (also called pronating).
Identify the kind of running you will do:
It’s important that you don’t accidentally buy athletic shoes that aren’t designed expressly for running. There are many different categories of athletic shoes, like training shoes or walking shoes, though these are no ideal for indoor, track, cross country, sprint, or distance running.
Consider the surface you will be running on:
This will significantly influence what kind of shoe will be best for your foot. For instance, if you are running on a track or court specially designed to be flat and offer grip, you won’t need extra traction on your shoe.
Consult a doctor about injuries and physical impairments:
You may have an injury that influences your gait or a physical impairment that does the same. In both these instances, you should check with your doctor as to what kind of shoes would offer the best support and running experience with you.