We are all unique and that goes for our feet as well. Â Consider the following when looking for athletic shoes:Â
- Go to a specialty athletic shoe store, like Track Shack for a shoe fitting
- The salesperson should ask questions before the fitting process begins:
â€˘Â Is this a shoe you plan to exercise in, or just wear for comfort?
â€˘Â Do you experience foot pain in the morning or during exercise?
â€˘Â Describe any chronic pain you may have
â€˘Â Bring your current shoes and socks â€“ socks ensure an accurate fit and if necessary the salesperson can recommend a pair
- Be prepared for a short evaluation while barefoot:
â€˘ Standing straight
â€˘ Squatting or bending you knees
â€˘ Standing on one foot
â€˘ Walking barefoot
- The salesperson is looking at many things:
â€˘Â Your arch height and strength (this can change with age and exercise)
â€˘Â Hip rotation
â€˘Â Foot shape and volume of footÂ
â€˘Â How your foot strikes the floorÂ
â€˘Â Both feet are measured for correct size and width
Technical athletic shoes are made in three basic categories: Â neutral/cushioned, stability and motion control. Athletic shoes are designed to create less impact as your foot strikes the ground. Â Velcro shoes often donâ€™t offer enough support. Â Running shoes are made with a mesh upper for breathability and typically a walking shoe is leather; athletic shoes have a strong heel counter and a fairly flexible forefoot. The salesperson will bring out several styles. Â Customers are taught to lace them correctly and we suggest that there is enough room to wiggle their toes. Â These shoes donâ€™t stretch and should fit properly and comfortably before leaving the store. Â Donâ€™t ever rush a purchase and remember to use your new shoes with confidence and enjoyment!
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