With literally thousands of athletic shoes now available on the market all the time, choosing the right pair for you can be a bit confusing. To complicate matters even further, wearing the wrong athletic shoes for any given physical activity can actually lead to stress related aches and pains and even some more serious injuries. Ensuring you choose the right athletic shoes is therefore of central importance to having a good time during your athletic pursuits and to ensuring safety and wellness during your ventures as well. Here are a few tips to help you select the right athletic shoes.
Specialized Designs Do Matter
Many people think there really isn’t much of difference between the different kinds of athletic shoes on the market. Those that are serious about their sports know better though. There really is a market difference in the design and support features in different kinds of athletic shoes.
In other words, you should choose from the best shoes available for your specific sport and don’t try to make your shoes for one sport also serve your purposes for another. Doing so will only lead to foot, ankle, knee or hip pain. You may end up resting your sore legs on the couch while you should be out running the next morning.
Buy your athletic shoes with the specific sport in mind and you’ll be happy you did, even if it means you need to own several pairs of athletic shoes – one for each of the sports in which you regularly participate.
Motion Control and Stability Features
Everyone’s feet are different. Some people have flatter feet, while others have a more pronounced arch. Knowing your own feet is important and getting athletic shoes that feature the right stability and motion control design is important, especially if you have flatter feet which can cause more stress on the ankles and knees. Ensure you select a pair of athletic shoes that have proper design components in place to minimize strain and give you sure footing regardless of the activity in which you will be wearing them.
Buying the Right Size Shoes
While it’s true that athletic shoes should feature a snug and secure fit in order to provide the kind of support and stability you need in active pursuits, you still need to make sure there’s some room in your shoes as well. Shoes should have about one-half to three-eighths-of-an-inch of space between the front of the shoe and your toes in order to give you the proper fit. Having more space will cause your feet to slip around and chafe. Having less space will lead to foot and possible leg cramps and may result in blistering on the toes and heels.
A Comfortable Fit Right Out of the Box
Good athletic shoes that are right for you will fit comfortably right out of the box. You shouldn’t have to break in a new pair of shoes before they fit properly and feel right. They should give you a perfect fit and feel straight away.