Find the right athletic shoes with these tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Whether you’re running on the treadmill at the gym or playing a pickup game of basketball, you need the right athletic shoes. With so many options to choose from, the choices can be overwhelming. That’s why Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to help you narrow it down to find the right shoes for you and your active lifestyle.
1. Determine Your Exercise Regimen
The first thing to consider is which kind of exercises you’ll be doing while you’re wearing the shoes. If you’re mostly going to walk, jog or run, you’ll want running shoes. Running shoes are made for heel-to-toe motion and engineered to last longer. Cross-trainers, on the other hand, are meant for weight training, aerobics, kickboxing, etc. If you’ll be moving side-to-side, you’ll want cross-trainers.
2. Figure Out Your Foot Type
The next step is to figure out your foot type. Figuring out your foot’s shape can help you choose which shoes will be most comfortable and give you the best performance. Look at your current shoes and determine where they’re most worn out. You can also do the wet test–wet your foot, step on a piece of brown paper and trace your foot. You can figure out your foot type by looking at the wear patterns or the outline of your foot.
1. Little to no curve on the inside/Top inner edge worn
A worn top inner edge means you’re a pronator. Your feet roll inward, and you have low or flat arches. Look for athletic shoes with motion control or high stability, which will help your feet keep better aligned with your legs.
2. Narrow connection between forefront and heel/Top outer edge worn
If the top outer edge is worn, you’r a supinator–also known as an underpronator. Your feet tend to roll outwards and have high arches. You’ll need shoes with cushioning and shock absorption.
3. Even, distinct curve along inside/Uniform wear
If you have uniform wear throughout the sole of your shoe, you have a neutral foot type. You equally distribute your weight across your foot. With a neutral foot, you’ll want athletic shoes that offer stability or moderate-stability for cushion and support.