Before you think about a shoe brand or what color you like, you should consider several other factors when choosing athletic shoes.
The first thing to consider is your feet. Let’s face it…everybody’s feet are different. Some women have narrow feet, others are average, but many have wide. I don’t have much arch to my feet, but my daughter has higher arches.
Your feet can even change during your lifetime. I know my feet seemed a little flatter after my pregnancy. Sometimes your feet get wider as you get older or if you put on weight. After religiously buying one size all your adult life, you may suddenly find yourself needing a larger size shoe.
While we may not be able to control the way our feet change over time, there are some factors we can look at when choosing athletic shoes to get a better idea of the right fit, right now.
Pretty much any type of athletic shoe or “sneaker” will offer you comfort and support. But the way you use your shoes can put different demands and stresses on your feet. When choosing athletic shoes, you should keep in mind what you will be using them for.
If you are a serious runner, you will probably want more cushioning in the shoes that you choose. Similarly, if you play a particular sport, you will want a shoe that will protect your feet and aid in performance. If you just want shoes for daily comfort, these things may be less important than color and style.
Here are some factors to
consider about the shoes themselves:
In addition to determining your foot type and how you will be using your athletic shoes, here are some other tips to consider to help you choose the right shoes:
If you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis, which is a painful foot condition, and you are looking for athletic shoes to help you with it, check out this article.
Athletic shoe materials can affect the weight, stability, durability, and comfort of your shoes, so the materials you choose should be based on how you are going to be using those shoes.
For a look at the main materials that make up our athletic shoes, read this article.
A lot of people have opinions and advice about what to look for when choosing athletic shoes. But there are some who may be considered experts in the field because of their education, training, or experience. Medical professionals, professional athletes, coaches, and even specialty shoe store employees come to mind.
I plan to bring you stories and interviews with a variety of people in these positions to help you make the choice that is best for you.
Click the links below to see each of these stories:
Specialty Athletic Shoe Store Employee
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