Not all shoes are made the same and this applies exactly to sports shoes!
Did you know that depending on the type of exercise you do, you need a different pair of shoes for each one? This is why sometimes, when we’re at the shoe store, there seems to be so many categories of shoes which makes it hard to choose an appropriate pair.
Along with ensuring that you’re wearing the correct size and fit of shoe, it’s best to always check with the salesperson so he or she will be able to suggest shoes that best match your activity.
Here are some tips on choosing the right pair:
Multitasking at work could impact your overall performance and this also applies to shoes. Walking shoes are stiffer and running shoes are more flexible with cushioning to handle the impact of your foot striking the ground. If you do both activities quite frequently, it’s best to get a pair for walking and another for running.
Some people have low foot arches which means your feet may overpronate which means they roll inwards. This creates more wear on the outside heel and inside forefoot of the shoe. It’s best to get shoes with motion control and maximum support.
On the other hand, people with high foot arches where their feet under pronate (feet roll outwards) would have more wear on the outer edge of the heel and little toe. For people with high arches, cushioned shoes with a soft midsole is advisable.
Your feet will swell as you go about your day and they’ll also swell while you run or walk. It’s best to shop for your shoes when they’re at their largest. Bring along thick running socks so that you’ll be able gauge the comfort of your prospective sports shoes better.
Running shoes don’t have lateral stability since we don’t move our feet side to side when running. However, basketball or tennis shoes have lateral support but this isn’t needed when we’re running.
Runners land mostly on their forefoot but walkers strike the ground more with their heel. Thus, if you’re looking for running shoes, look for shoes that has cushioning on the forefoot. For walking shoes, look for shoes with stiff rubber soles that support the heel.
If you’re more of an indoor sports person, doing treadmill work, walking on asphalt and light jogging, a cross trainer shoe with a firm heel, good support (shoe doesn’t bend easily) and light weight.
You ask your running friends for advice and they swear by a certain brand and model of running shoes. However, your feet aren’t the same! What they find comfortable might not suit your feet. Take their advice into account but do try as many types and brands of sports shoes as possible to ensure you get the right pair for your fitness journey.