We are all unique and that goes for our feet as well. Consider the following when looking for athletic shoes:
- Go to a specialty athletic shoe store, like Track Shack for a shoe fitting
- The salesperson should ask questions before the fitting process begins:
• Is this a shoe you plan to exercise in, or just wear for comfort?
• Do you experience foot pain in the morning or during exercise?
• Describe any chronic pain you may have
• Bring your current shoes and socks – socks ensure an accurate fit and if necessary the salesperson can recommend a pair
- Be prepared for a short evaluation while barefoot:
• Standing straight
• Squatting or bending you knees
• Standing on one foot
• Walking barefoot
- The salesperson is looking at many things:
• Your arch height and strength (this can change with age and exercise)
• Hip rotation
• Foot shape and volume of foot
• How your foot strikes the floor
• Both feet are measured for correct size and width
Technical athletic shoes are made in three basic categories: neutral/cushioned, stability and motion control. Athletic shoes are designed to create less impact as your foot strikes the ground. Velcro shoes often don’t offer enough support. Running shoes are made with a mesh upper for breathability and typically a walking shoe is leather; athletic shoes have a strong heel counter and a fairly flexible forefoot. The salesperson will bring out several styles. Customers are taught to lace them correctly and we suggest that there is enough room to wiggle their toes. These shoes don’t stretch and should fit properly and comfortably before leaving the store. Don’t ever rush a purchase and remember to use your new shoes with confidence and enjoyment!
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