Running Gear for Beginners: How to Choose Shoes, Socks, Clothes, and More

running gear for beginners


You decided to give running a try to get in shape. You’re thinking of getting new running clothes, shoes, and other items to start your new goal. We’re proud to see that you want a healthier lifestyle, but don’t spend a fortune on gears you don't need. We give you a beginner’s guide on what to get for running. Follow the 9 points below.

1. Consider the weather

First of all, choose running sportswear that fits the weather.

Go for compression tops, thin jackets, vests, and leggings that provide warmth. You don’t need to have a lot of layers on when running on a cold day. You’ll get warm by your muscles as you accelerate. If it’s freezing out, put on a padded jacket, gloves, and a beanie.

If it’s raining cats and dogs outside, it doesn’t mean the weather ruined your jogging day. With compression pants, opt for a waterproof jacket to stop you from getting wet.

When you’re running on a hot summer day, make sure to have summer sportswear that is loose on your body and keeps you cool. Wear a tank top and shorts to avoid draining in sweat. Apply some sunscreen with high SPF as well if you’re running outside for a long time.


Think about the sportswear’s fit on you. Unfitted clothes may not give off the properties needed for your body when you’re in motion. They also shouldn’t be too tight or too loose on you.

3. Choose comfortable running shoes

Running gear - running shoes

Choose running shoes that are comfortable and fit well on your feet 

Put your cravings aside for shoes that are bright, cute, high quality, or “I must have it. It’s out of the question!”. Don’t choose fashion over comfort, or you’ll welcome your feet with loads of pain.

Make the right choice by getting comfortable footwear that fits your foot type. Before buying new shoes, check if your old running shoes are still in good condition. If they’re not, do the wet test and measure your feet to get the ideal shoes. If you need more help, go to any running specialty store. Experts measure and test your feet on a treadmill to match you with the perfect running shoes.

You’re probably wondering if you can use your running shoes for other activities, such as walking. You can, but their properties won’t work depending on your speed and the contact your feet make with the ground. Go for a pair of walking shoes instead. They include the needed heels, arch support, and cushioning needed for walking.

4.  Choose running-specific sports socks

Running gear - sports socks and running shoes

Make sure to get running-specific sports socks that can absorb sweat and avoid injuries.

Add socks to your list when you’re out shopping for new running gear. Don’t go with the cotton socks you have in your drawers. It’s not a suitable fabric for running. Cotton’s inability to absorb enough sweat leaves your feet soft and moist, paving the way for blisters. “Hello [moisture], my old friend” is what your feet always say if you often run in cotton socks.

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Get sports socks for running. Their high-quality synthetic materials (such as polyester and acrylic) remove moisture from your feet and reduce blisters.

5. Choose the perfect running shorts, tights, and tops

Running gear - running shorts, tights, and tops

Get the right running shorts, tights, and tops that reduce moisture, add comfort, and fit well on you.

Once again, don’t favor fashion over comfort when buying running shorts, tights, and tops. Get those that reduce moisture, provide comfort, and fit you well.

Choose a pair of running shorts with a drawstring that allows you to tie them to your comfort. Get tights that are protective and adjustable for any weather. Add cuffs on your tops' long sleeves to avoid them rolling up when you're running in the wind.

6. Put on a pair of well-fitted sports bra

Running gear - woman wearing sports bra

Sports bras are essential to keep the breasts in place while running.

Another item in our Running Gear 101 guide is a pair of sports bras. Since women’s breasts disconnect from the body’s muscles, they move independently with only the skin holding them. Sports bras fit the breasts and prevent them from breast pains and constant fidgeting. You can add paddings in your sports bra that work well with your breasts’ measurements. They also include materials that wick away sweat.

7. Get a running hat

Our moms always tell us to wear hats for our safety when we go for a jog. We neglect that request and go out anyway. This time, we expect you to put one on for running. We’re dead serious.

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We urge you to get running hats that stop excessive sweating, shield your eyes from the sun, and keep your hair in place.

There are 3 running hats that you can choose. The performance running hat has a breathable material that works for any run. The trucker hat offers sun preservation and an open back for more breathability. The running visor hat is open from the top and reduces sunlight from getting into your eyes.

Running gear - Performance running hat, trucker hat, and running visor hat

The 3 hats you must wear for running: performance running hat, trucker hat, and running visor hat.

8. Carry A water bottle to stay hydrated

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Stay hydrated by carrying a water bottle.

When you run, carry with you a water bottle to stay hydrated. If you don't want to drop your bottle or tire your fingers from holding one, carry a handheld running water bottle instead. With a strap attached, you'll be able to keep a good hold of it.

9. Add accessories when running

Running gear - phone holder and fanny pack accessories

Carry some running accessories, like phone holders and fanny packs, to keep hold of your things.

Finally, add some running accessories. Consider a smartwatch that tracks and monitors your training.

Carry a fanny pack around your waist to pack your belongings in it.

Put a phone holder on your arm to keep hold of your phone. You can also adjust it around your arm the way you like.

Here’s a quick revision of the Running Gear 101 class: 1. Think about the weather to get the gear needed, 2. Get clothes that fit you, 3. Choose the right running shoes, 4. Get sports socks, 5. Choose the right shorts, tights, and tops, 6. Put on a pair of sports bras, 7. Put on hats while running, 8. Keep with you a water bottle, and  9. Add accessories to keep hold of your progress and belongings.

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Elio is a content creator at Sikasok. He enjoys writing, reading, binge-watching, and jogging. Elio loves being creative and staying updated with the latest news and trends. 



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