Running is one of the least equipment-intensive sports in which you can participate. In fact, all you really need to run are shorts, a shirt, and shoes. But if you're going to do it right, you need to know that not just any shorts, shirts, or shoes will do. Appropriate gear should be comfortable and assist you in staying injury-free. You can have the trendiest gear that money can buy, but if you don't use any of it, so what? Don't get so focused on how you look that you forget that your equipment has to be practical. It has to be easy to care for, easy to take on and off, easy to wash, durable, and comfortable.