How to select the perfect shoes
Socrates had said “When our feet hurt, we hurt all over.” Like always, the old man knew what he was speaking. Working out and running become all the more easier when your feet feel relaxed, and the right pair of sports shoes can help avoid leg, hip and knee pain too, along with foot pain of course. There are a lot of branded sports shoes for mens in the market to choose from. “Sneakers” are a general term for most shoes nowadays. There are a myriad of choices to choose from, but whatever be the category, the right footwear makes a huge difference. They fall into many categories: mens outdoor running shoes, tennis shoe, walking shoes, etc. While shopping for your new pair of sneakers, there are some typical do’s and don’ts that you should follow.
- Do not get swayed
You should not get swayed by marketing and advertising that tries to make you believe that expensive sneakers are better for you. A 2007 study based in Scotland established that running shoes priced low cushion the feet as well as the ones priced high, sometimes even better. Keep in mind to get your foot re-sized after weight loss or gain, pregnancy, or any other body change, because it might affect your foot size. Given below are some tips to keep in mind while going shopping for shoes.
- Timing it well
You should go shopping for running or walking shoes in the afternoon. The feet are larger during that time, because they swell naturally.
- Prioritize softness
You should always go for shoes made of materials which are not only soft, but also breathable and supple. Some examples are canvas, leather, or a mesh of nylon. Plastic does not allow your sweat to evaporate, and it has the additional danger of cutting into your skin.
- Coordinating your socks
Many people try on sneakers barefoot. While trying them on, you should always wear the kind of socks you expect to wear when you work out, or any other activity you may have planned. The shoes should ideally make you feel as if you are walking on a cloud. If they don’t right then and there, you should look for a different pair or a different brand altogether. You should not believe the fact that they grow onto your foot, as they don’t always do so. You should not be willing to break into your exercise shoes as they will subject you to pain and blisters you could have easily avoided. Long story short, if they don’t feel good immediately, they will never be great.
- Size does matter
Different shoes have different manufacturers and due to technicalities, you may not be the same size in different brands. If you can feel the tip of a running shoe with your toe, you should try a size larger by half or even one to provide your toes the extra room for when they slip and slide during running. Knowing the type of feet you have (e.g. high arch, flat foot, etc.) is also crucial.