Probably the most natural exercises are running and walking for us. We do it every day, and most likely, we prefer walking around the neighborhood rather than going to the gym. Knowing which workout shoes to buy doesn’t necessarily mean that you need rocket-science to determine the factors. We don’t want to waste money on the shoes that might not fit and might hurt your feet.
When you will choose the wrong gym shoes then you might end up having sore feet at the end of the day on the couch while you are perpetually frowning over your blisters and other injuries instead of feeling good after an exercise.
When you go to the shoe store, the attendants might help you, but no one knows your feet better than you. You will also not be fooled into buying shoes that are expensive because of its features that you don’t need really need.
1. Know your feet very well. Aside from knowing how many toes do you have, it is best to know more than that. Our feet come in varying types, and there are shoes that are only meant for us. Knowing the physiology of your feet means you will know the shoes that are right for you. Companies now are becoming more flexible in shaping their shoes according to unique sizes. There is a test called the “wet test” that could determine the shape of your feet.
1st, dip your feet into wet water then step on a piece of paper and then you can trace the outline. It means that you got flat feet with low arches when your footprint will show that the whole sole of your foot has little or no curve inside. This could be leaning toward overpronation. Overpronation means that your feet are rolling inward. This could create an extra wear on the outside of the heel and inside the forefoot. Having a shoe that could provide maximum support is a good investment.
There’s the opposite. When your footprints will only show a part of a narrow connection between your forefoot and heel then you have arches that are high and will tend to under pronate. Underpronation means the feet will be rolling outwards.
If there is a distinguishable curve in the inside of your shoes then it means you have a neutral arch. You will need a shoe that has a right mix of support and padding.
Use shoes for their own purposes only.
There are different kinds of shoes that will serve its purposes. Running shoes are flexible while walking shoes are stiff. Running shoes has more extra cushions for impact. You should have different shoes for these activities.
3. The size of your feet changes.
Yes, growth is possible as long as you are alive. If there’s a possibility that you will still be growing in height when you’re past 21 then your foot size could also change. When we get older, our feet will change. The rule of thumb is that we should buy the shoes that will fit and not the size.
By the end of the day, it all boils down to comfort. Having comfortable running shoes could make our exercises worth it. And again, don’t be fooled with the trends sprouting in television, what your friends say, or what you think is cool. Choosing the right shoes will determine the support that your feet will receive. Your feet is precious, and we don’t want to attract the risks of injuries and we would want to avoid making it swell by the end of the day. And also, don’t forget to clean it up too!