Wear well-fitted athletic shoes especially designed for your sport, to improve performance and prevent injuries. Foreverfit guides you, on how to choose the right pair. 

In bygone days, every badminton player, runner or walker donned a pair of “sneakers” or “tennis shoes.” At that time, flexibility and comfort were the main concerns. Consequently, sports shoes weren’t designed to cushion players against potential sports injuries, or to boost their play.

But this has changed, thanks to technology. Today, you have hundreds of different sports shoes to choose from. Each pair boasts of some sophisticated features, to improve athletic performance and protect against injuries. So if you are serious about your sport, or workout, then get serious about your shoes too.

General rules for selecting your perfect fit

  • Always judge shoes for their level of comfort, and the grip and support they provide.
  • Try shoes on with a pair of socks.
  • Try on athletic shoes after your training session or at the end of the day when your feet are at their largest.
  • Wiggle your toes and try walking or running in them to check for comfort.
  • Any amount of wear and tear in your shoes indicates that it is time to replace them with a new pair.

Make the Right Choice

  1. Sprinting shoes

spritingshoesRunning or sprinting shoes are designed to provide maximum shock absorption and good heel control, and offer protection against shin splints, heel pain, and tendinitis. They are usually light and flexible. Since running involves different terrains, these shoes usually have spikes in the front. However, minimalist designs minus heel cushion are ideal for forefoot running.

  1. Walking shoes

spritingshoes01Walking may not be a sport, but it is definitely a cardiovascular pumping activity. For this activity, shoes should be lightweight, with ample cushioning, especially under the ball of the foot. Also, make sure the shoes have rounded soles, that allow for smooth transition of weight from heel to toes.

  1. Tennis shoes

spritingshoes02Tennis shoes are designed for quick side-to-side movement, agility, and shift in weight. They should offer stability and flexibility of sole to support fast, all round action at the net.  In addition, the rubber soles of tennis shoes should vary, for hard and soft court action. For instance, softer soles offer greater traction on soft courts while hard courts require more tread support. Also, cement courts call for simple shoes with a bit of marking, while clay court action needs better grip and distinctive markings.

  1. Football shoes

spritingshoes03Field sports like football and hockey require athletic shoes designed for specific roles on the field. For instance, high-cut shoes with extra ankle support are best for lineman. On the other hand, mid-cut ones with greater maneuverability are suited for defense, receivers and skilled players, while low-cut shoes are best for light supportive action. Finally, football shoes fitted with metal spikes are required for a better grip on grassy field,s and plastic cleats for hard fields.

  1. Basketball shoes

spritingshoes04These shoes are made of synthetic leather, which offer quick movement and smooth weight transfer on court. Basketball shoes have flat soles with cushion on the inside, for good ankle support on hardwood courts or cemented floors. Just make sure your shoes fit well, with lockdown, and traction for constant cutting and running movements.

  1. Hiking shoes

spritingshoes05Picking the right hiking shoes depends on how, and where you hike. Go for low-cut models that are flexible for day hiking and trail-running shoes, if you are planning to travel long distances.  One option is high-cut backpacking boots, designed to wrap around ankles and offer extra support for carrying heavy loads. Such hiking boots are often coated with waterproof membranes, and have stiffer midsoles for extra durability.