If you lead an active lifestyle, then you know how important comfort is. And since active people spend a lot of time on their feet, the convenience of our legs is especially important. Sneakers are great athletic shoes! But how do you choose the right ones?
Why think and choose?
If you think that buying a sneaker is a simple procedure, then you are greatly mistaken. Even with normal walking, there are heavy loads on the legs. And due to improperly selected shoes, such loads can lead to a wide variety of problems from banal fatigue due to excessive stress to joint diseases and even serious injuries. And that’s why you need to pay special attention to the purchase of sports shoes.
How to make a choice?
So how do you pick good running shoes? When buying, you should pay attention to several important points. Let us dwell on each of them in more detail.
Sneakers can be summer, demi or winter.
- Summer sneakers should be made of lightweight and breathable fabrics that allow air to pass through and evaporate moisture well. Some models have a mesh surface. But the edges of the sole must be rubberized to protect the feet from damage and moisture (from puddles after rain).
- Demi-season sneakers should be moderately warm and withstand any whims of nature from rains to frosts.
- Winter sneakers should keep warm and keep cold air out, while still allowing your feet to breathe. Some manufacturers use natural fur for making. This is good stuff, but there are many other more modern options available. For example, sports membrane shoes are popular.
Why do you need sneakers, what are you planning to do in them? The purpose is also very important, since the characteristics and quality of sports shoes will depend on the type of activity. There are several options:
- Running shoes. Since the sole constantly strikes the surface during running, it is imperative that sufficient cushioning is provided, which will absorb such shocks while protecting the foot. Air pockets, gel formulations, and plastic curved plates or foams can act as cushioning. It is important that the cushioning materials are located not only in the toe area, but also under the heel and also in the middle of the sole. If you plan to run in forests or other uneven terrain, pay attention to the surface of the sole. Some models have a thread (this can be compared to the tread of a car tire), which will protect against slipping. And other sneakers have spikes (rubber or even metal) that will allow you to run on snow or ice. In addition, the sole must certainly have a thickening in the heel area, which will ensure the forward inclination of the foot. The sneakers themselves may be short (too high legs will sweat), but the heel should be raised.
- Walking shoes should also have cushioning and tread outsole. In addition, ankle fixation is required, so choose tall models that fix your leg.
- Aerobics or fitness shoes will be different from those designed for running, for example. The upper of these sneakers should be lightweight and breathable and evaporate moisture. But at the same time, the leg should be well fixed. The best option is a mid-height sneaker (too low will not provide support and may be uncomfortable, while high shoes can be hot in the room). In this case, the sole should be strong, but flexible and elastic, so as not to hinder the movement of the foot during exercise. Serious cushioning is not required, as are threads or studs. The best option is a thin rubber or rubberized sole.
- For everyday wear, a running shoe with a medium shock absorption is suitable.
Exploring the details
The sneaker is made up of several parts. Let’s consider each of them:
- Sole. It has already been discussed in the previous paragraph. It can have a fairly deep and serious tread, spikes, and so on. Some models have cushioning parts that are required in most cases. Thickness may vary. Remember that a thin sole will not protect your foot from impacts. But, for example, doing aerobics in sneakers with massive soles will be simply uncomfortable.
- Any sneaker must certainly have an instep support, which will ensure the correct position of the foot while walking and protect against flat feet. This part is a small roller located on the inside of the foot (approximately in the middle).
- The insole can be removable or non-removable. Removable can be pulled out, washed or replaced, but with intense movement, it can budge and cause discomfort. The non-removable insole does not move, but it cannot be replaced. Such a part of the shoe must absorb and evaporate moisture and at the same time allow air to pass through.
- The upper part should provide fixation of the leg, protect the leg from damage and the vagaries of nature, but at the same time allow the legs to “breathe” and also evaporate moisture. Some people use natural leather, which has all the necessary qualities and at the same time lasts a long time and retains its appearance, which cannot be said about leatherette. Modern breathable mesh materials are also used to allow air to pass through. The membrane is perfect for the cold season. Dermantin protects from moisture, but does not allow air to pass through, so your feet will sweat a lot.
- The laces can be round or flat. Round ones are more convenient to use than flat ones. And elastic laces will perfectly fix the leg without squeezing it. The length should not be excessive, but its lack is unacceptable. By the way, light laces get dirty quickly.
Features of the figure and legs
Consider your own characteristics when buying.
- If you have flat feet, be sure to purchase shoes with an instep support.
- Pay attention to other features of the foot: slope, foot width, instep, and so on. If you cannot decide, seek help from a specialist.
- If you have a lot of weight, then the depreciation should be of high quality and significant.
We select shoes by size
The size should be taken into account by all means! But remember that there should be a small distance (0.5 centimeters) between the big toe and the toe of the shoe so that the foot can move freely and comfortably.
Some helpful tips:
- It is best to try on sneakers in the afternoon, as your legs tend to swell in the evening.
- Try on both shoes at once and only on the socks, walk around the store to assess the comfort.
- Inspect all seams and other small details, they are usually the main indicator of quality.
- It is better to give preference to proven and well-established manufacturing firms.
- Put on your shoes and try to bend your toes. This should be easy.
Where to buy, how much does it cost?
It is best to buy sneakers in specialized sports stores, since there are a lot of fakes and low-quality goods in the markets. The price of such shoes depends on their qualities, characteristics and materials. But for good sneakers you will have to pay at least 1.5-2 thousand rubles, and sometimes the cost can go up to 10 thousand or even more.
Happy shopping to you!