Ever try to go for a run in sandals?
Maybe you can do it for a few yards or so. But you’d never do it if you wanted to truly run and get a workout.
So, you make a decision and wear athletic shoes if you want to run or walk a decent distance.
That’s an obvious one. But, many forget to wear the right footwear for the activity they’re about to do.
And that increase your chances of catching a disease or injury. So here’s a gentle reminder and easy-to-follow guide of various types of summer footwear, and which situations they work best in:
1. Boat Shoes
Well, it’s quite clear where you wear these.
They make good sense for boating because they have extra grip on the bottom so you don’t slip and fall.
You can wear them with no-show socks. And boat shoes have grip on the inside so you don’t slip out of the shoe.
They’re definitely intended to look a little nicer than just your regular shoe, but without placing an intense focus on class at the same time.
Boat shoes are also meant to be stain-proof and water-repellant.
2. Athletic Trainers
These are your go-to for the summer. They’re made with the ability to allow your feet to breathe so you don’t soak up too much perspiration and become vulnerable to fungal diseases.
They’re also light and offer some protection from ankle rolls and sprains.
Even better than athletic trainers are custom orthotic shoes designed specifically to fit every contour of your feet.
They carry a higher price, but they’re more comfortable and offer the greatest protection against injuries.
3. Flip-Flops and Sandals
These are for short-distance walking only. Let go of the temptation to do anything more while wearing them.
You’ll more than likely notice they cause extra strain on your feet and ankles. And since they’re not designed for anything more intense than walking, they expose you to a greater risk of injury.
They can also lead to blisters and calluses.
However, on the plus side, they allow your feet to breathe, which reduces your risk of fungal infections. And they protect your feet from catching disease in public restrooms and showers.
These don’t enclose your feet, which allows your feet to breathe. They’re also dressy, while at the same time being able to be dressed down enough to be considered casual.
The main thing you’ll want to evaluate is the height of their block heel.
You can get some with a short block heel, which improves your safety and stability, and reduces risk of injury.
A higher heel would be more classy, but would also put more strain on your feet and ankles, possibly leading to aches and pains.
There’s more types of footwear for various occasions. But those cover the most common.
The point is that you do your research, try on different pairs, and buy the one that’s comfortable – and which fits your intended use perfectly.
That leads to the lowest risk of injury, and a long and fun summer.