Whether you enjoy running long distances or you need everyday shoes, you need to choose the proper sneakers.
What are some of the pitfalls of buying cheap shoes? Well, there are many!
Let’s see how you can avoid making these key mistakes.
Don’t Make the Mistake of Buying Shoes that Don’t Fit
We have all been there. Budget-conscious we find the bargain basement deal on a pair of sneakers that don’t fit quite right or maybe they are the wrong size. Should running shoes be a size bigger?
Does it really matter? Your shoes need to fit your feet properly. If they are too tight, you will end up with painful sore feet and blisters.
If your sneakers are too loose, they will fall off, hurt your feet, and can even cause you to trip and fall.
Your shoes should fit your feet comfortably, with a little wiggle room.
Buy the Right Shoes for the Activity You Will Do
Do you run and exercise? Then you need to purchase shoes that are designed for those types of activities. Running shoes have a minimal design optimized for speed.
Are you standing on your feet all day at work? Opt for comfortable shoes that provide extra padding and cushion.
They might be a little heavier than running shoes, but they will give you the support and stability that you need. If you are not sure what type of shoes you should wear each day, speak to an athletic trainer, a medical professional, or an experienced retailer.
Many name brands like ASICS and Adidas have online customer support to help you find the right sneaker for you.
Measure Your Foot Yearly
We often remember to resize children’s feet. A child’s foot grows each year substantially, sometimes monthly! But did you realize that adults also have changes to their foot size?
Pregnancy will often cause a woman’s foot to expand in size, especially the width. This may go down after the baby is born, but sometimes the foot size change is permanent. Swelling due to medical conditions can affect the size of one’s feet.
Additionally, your size might change depending on the brand. If you have wide feet, you may prefer one brand over another, regardless of the size.
Don’t Believe the “Breaking In” Myth
We all hear about how you should be able to “break in” your shoes. However, if the shoe feels uncomfortable right away, it is not the right shoe for you.
The shoe should fit snugly, but not tight. You should have flexibility and cushion. Test out the shoe with various activities like walking, jumping, and running.
Test the flexibility of the shoe. If you feel pain, soreness or the shoe doesn’t fit well; you need to find a new sneaker.
When to Replace Your Shoes?
If you make the mistake of buying a cheap shoe, you will find that it wears out much sooner. Cracks, tears, and holes will make your shoe not only look terrible, but it will harm your feet.
A quality shoe should last about 500 plus kilometers before showing significant wear and tear.
Use these professional tips to find the right sneaker for you.
Avoid buying cheap sneakers. Instead, look for a quality shoe that protects your foot, last for a long time, and gives you the protection that you need.