Today the shoe industry has exploded with the variety of technology, design, and innovation and different type of shoes for all different purposes have been offered to the public. Such a wide range availability has made it more and more difficult to find shoes that might suit your purposes. Listed below are a few general rules to be considered while shopping for sports shoes for men or anyone in general.
Buy Shoes at the end of the day
The feet have a tendency to swell after prolonged wear at the end of the day or after a heavy exercise session, so for optimum comfort, it is best to buy shoes for men that fit the feet when they are swollen to ensure they don’t become too tight and uncomfortable as the day goes by. There are many medical reasons to avoid the use of shoes that compress the feet for any length of time. So this is a very necessary precaution to take while shopping for shoes.
Wear/Bring along socks that usually wear while exercising
If you wear socks or orthopedic inserts etc bring them along to make sure that the shoes will be comfortable with them on.
Test run before buying
The shoes should fit correctly from the get go. The rule of thumb to follow when buying shoes are that there should be half an inch of a gap between the longest toe and the edge of the shoes. The toes should have some wiggle room. It is also recommended to do a little test run on the shoes within the store itself for buying.
Also, it is wise to enquire about the return policy for the store and make use of it if the shoes are uncomfortable and just not right.
Function of the shoes
Based on what the shoes are being used for the shoes must be selected. There are many varieties in the market meant for running, walking, jogging, court shoes, cross training shoes etc. Based on the requirement of the sport it is important to select the shoes that are to be used.
The right selection will maximize the chances of preventing injuries from occurring.
For running, shoes that have an impact and shock absorption built into the cushion is required, whereas for court sports like tennis, badminton etc., sideways, as well as forward movement, is more important which requires more wide and stable base for the shoes and shock absorption is not as important.
Cross training shoes, on the other hand, have both shock absorbing features built into them as well as stability feature.
Depending on what type of exercise or sports and durations of the sports the shoes should be selected
Select shoes based on the problem
There are many types of shoes with many features, each of these features serve a particular purpose.
Depending on how long you spend your time with the sport and what problems you have faced a proportional investment of time for research and money for the quality of a product is required.
Everyone has a different type of gait which can when combined with the wrong type of shoes aggravate issues with the health of the sportsperson. For example, a person who has ankles that twist easily can face an increase in chances of injury by using a more cushioned pair of shoes, it is better for such a person to use shoes that have a more stable base. Similarly, a person who has a tendency to have shin splints, tendonitis etc. which is caused due to a higher impact on the joints may, in fact, prefer using a well-cushioned shoe.
For people who are serious about their sport, it is recommended to get a special gait analysis done by a gait specialist or at least go to a sports specialty store where the staff are often trained and knowledgeable and can help recommend a suitable pair of shoes.