Finding Good Athletic Shoes

good athletic shoesChoosing for your exercise apparel is overwhelming, and shoes are no different. So before you hit the stores, here are some notable guides when in comes to finding the right athletic shoes for you.

The shoes should fit well and feel comfortable – The right shoes offer both support and flexibility where you need it. They should also protect your bones, joints, and muscles. It should keep your feet in healthy positions and absorbing shock.

Choose the right kind of shoes – Walking shoes are the most rigid and durable, but more people prefer running shoes even for walking since they provide plenty of cushioning. Running shoes have extra flexibility in the front half of the shoe that can feel good to walkers. If your feet have low arches, look for hefty arch support and a fairly straight cut along the inside edge of the sole. If you have high arches, look for tame arch support and greater curve along the inside edge.

Sports shoes are designed according to the way your feet move. Running shoes are geared for heel-to-toe movement, while shoes designed for tennis and other related sport offer maximum support from side-to-side. If you are into a variety of athletic activities, you may be looking for a pair of cross-training or general purpose athletic shoes.

Shop for shoes in the afternoon – Your feet swell during the day and reach their maximum size during the afternoon.

Do not try the shoes on barefoot – Wear the socks you normally wear with athletic shoes to assure the right fit.

Try on both shoes – Most people’s feet vary a bit in size for each other, so you should be sure the shoes fit your largest foot comfortably.

Check for space – Inspect the space of the shoe at the end of your longest toe. There should be enough space to let you move without pinching. Some experts recommend the length of a thumbnail.

Men’s shoes for wide feet – If you’re a woman and your feet are wide, it wouldn’t hurt if you try on men’s shoes. These are usually cut wider. To find a size for starters, begin with your own size, and subtract two.

Move around – Once you’ve tried a pair, try walking with it, and insist that they feel like a perfect fit right away. If they don’t, keep looking.

Feel if the claims are true – If you are buying shoes that are supposed to have high-tech gimmicks, try feeling your feet in it. Some may help, while others may be hype.

Price does not matter – Shopping for the right athletic shoes should not be based on price alone. Look for materials that breathe and good workmanship.

Replace your shoes regularly – Even if your shoes feel okay, they may be losing their ability to cushion and support your feet after prolonged use. Rule of thumb suggests that you should replace running shoes after 500 miles, walking shoes after 1000 miles, and aerobics shoes after about a year of regular use.