A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, in the right pair of shoes.
According to a study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, “exercisers who used multiple pairs of sneakers were 39% less likely to be sidelined by an injury than those who wore just one.” With that being said, you’re better off investing in your sneaker collection if you plan to alternate workouts (dance class vs. heavy lifting). What you wear on your feet can actually make you faster, stronger, and more coordinated. The right pair should provide optimal support and cushion throughout your exercise. Here’s some tips on what you should consider:
- Know Your Foot: low arches or flat feet require shoes with motion-control features and maximum support; high arches call for cushioned shoe with a soft midsole; neutral arches can be maintained with stability shoes.
- Sizes Changes: measure your feet every 6 months, our sizes fluctuates as we get older as well as between brands so go by what fits; our feet also swells over the course of the day, similar to when they expand while you run or walks so it’s best to shop at the end of the day.
- B.Y.O.S (Bring Your Own Socks): for your ultimate fit, bring along your everyday pair and skip the suspicious and overworn in-store socks.
- Don’t Over- or Underpay: footwear design is important and those funky features actually serve a purpose (ex: clear inserts, Freon, or airn provide extra shock absorption, as do those springy-looking things); research before you shop or talk to a knowledgeable staff to get your money’s worth.
- Know When to Retire: keep in mind, the average pair of running shoes should be replaced after about 350-400 miles of use.
Most specialty sport-shoe stores have informed staff to help guide you, so don’t be shy to ask. No matter what your fitness pursuits may be, reduce the possibility of an injury by trying out these top-rated kicks: