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The picture above represents the only piece of equipment that you are responsible for. Make sure your decision in running shoes is a very good one. Don’t pick a pair of shoes because they look stylish or they are on sale. It has to be a solid shoe, well padded inside, good sole and heel, and it must fit you properly and be comfortable. You get what you pay for. Injuries can often be attributed to poor quality shoes. Go to the store with a pair of running socks on when sizing up and trying out shoes. After you buy them – wear them in normal daily use at home or school. Break them in properly. Do not wear them to a practice without having broken the shoes in with normal walking beforehand. I can’t tell you what brand to pick, but Brooks (the site is on the team webpage) does tell you how to properly pick the right kind of shoes for yourself. I would suggest you read that for some solid information.