You Need To Know About Buying Sneakers..
If you've tried
to buy a pair of athletic shoes recently, you probably realize that
the canvas sneakers of the past have been replaced by high-tech,
state-of-the-art athletic gear of the present and future. Consumers
are faced with so many options that the task of choosing a pair
of shoes has become increasingly complicated and confusing, not
to mention expensive. By attaining a good working knowledge of athletic
footwear, you will be less likely to fall for the latest gimmick
or be coerced into spending above your budget.
Know What You
When shopping for athletic shoes, the most important step is deciding
what sport you will be using them for. Most sporting goods stores
carry a variety of shoes for activities such as running, walking,
tennis, basketball and aerobics. Multi-purpose shoes such as cross
trainers may be a good alternative for those who want to combine
several sports or activities, such as bicycling and weight training,
in a single workout.
Once you have decided
on the particular type of shoe you need, it is important to know
how to get a good fit. Remember, no matter how popular a shoe is
or how good it may look, it won't do you any good if you have blisters
after the first week of wearing it.
When purchasing shoes for a specific sport or fitness activity,
you must consider your foot type. People with high-arched feet tend
to require greater shock absorption than those with average feet.
High-arched (cavus) feet also suffer from lateral instability and
are more prone to ankle sprains. Conversely, people with low-arched
("flat") feet require shoes with less cushioning but greater
support and heel control.
the type of shoe needed for a particular activity and evaluating
your needs based on your foot type, use the following information
to ensure you get the best fit:
- Choose an athletic-shoe
store or specialty store with a large inventory. They will have
a variety of sizes available.
- Try to get fitted
for footwear at the end of the day, when foot size is at its maximum.
It is not unusual for an individual's foot to increase one-half
a shoe size during the course of a single day.
- Allow 1/2 inch,
or the width of your index finger, between the end of your longest
toe and the end of the shoe. If one foot is larger than the other,
buy the larger size.
- The shoe should
be as wide as possible across the forefoot without allowing slippage
in the heel. If the shoe has variable-width lacing, experiment
with the narrow and wide eyelets to achieve a custom fit.
Some Final Considerations
Athletic shoes no longer require a breaking-in period. However,
they will lose their cushioning after three to six months of regular
use. It is important to be aware of when your shoes need to be replaced
because, if they are no longer absorbing the pounding and jarring
action of the sport, you are more likely to sustain knee and ankle
A final consideration
when buying athletic shoes is price. It is possible to spend anywhere
from $19.99 for no-name brands to more than $170 for Reebok's or
Nike's latest technological wonder. Be sure to consider both your
budget and your fitness needs before spending a small fortune on
purchasing may be a big investment, it is not a long-term one. If
you spend a fortune on the latest style today, a new style will
probably replace it tomorrow. It would be more practical, unless
you are at a competitive level, to spend a reasonable amount and
get the most for your money.
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