Having the coolest shoes…who doesn’t want that?
Nike, Adidas, Fila, And1 – they all have new and cool designs.
Doesn’t the saying go,”If the shoe fits, buy another one just like it.” Today, because you do have so many choices, you can get the coolest shoes – and ones that protect you from painful injuries that could possibly cause pain for your entire lifetime.
You know what you want in a design. But how do you know if it’s the perfect fit that’s going to protect you from a painful ankle roll?
Here’s what to look for:
First, think about what you’re going to do most often when you have these shoes on. Will you be running? Playing sports? Hiking?
It always works best to get shoes specific to the activity you’ll use them for most.
Your foot changes in size and shape, even when you’re an adult. Also, sizes change with the brand. So a men’s size 10 shoe could fit your foot perfectly, and it couldn’t.
Focus on fit, not listed size.
Bet you’ve never heard this one before. But maybe you’ve noticed it. Did you know your feet actually swell as you run or walk during your day?
Your shoes need to fit when your feet are the largest. Make sure you shop in late afternoon or early evening after they’ve had most of their use.
You want shoes that fit your feet when they’re the largest.
Your shoes should feel like a comfortable fit now. If they don’t, the pain or irritation will only get worse later on. Don’t tell yourself,”They’ll feel better after I break them in.”
There is no such thing. You should have around ¼ to ½ inch between your toes and the end of your shoe. Your heels should not slip out at all when you walk or run. Try both walking and running when you try the shoes on.
Those are the four major categories of athletic shoes. The different types of shoes have different features to offer maximum protection and functionality.
For example, basketball shoes have high ankle support to prevent sprains, and cushioning in the toes and heels to prevent soreness and irritation on your foot. Good jogging shoes are light, cushioned, and flexible.
If You’re Serious about Safety and Comfort…
You can’t skimp on the cost of your athletic shoes by going to one of the major discount retailers. While it costs more, a comfortable and safe shoe can be bought at a specialty shoe store.