It’s around this time of year, during the holidays that we start eating more and looking forward to our New Years resolutions to get in better shape. If you plan on hitting the gym regularly or getting on a jogging schedule, having the proper shoes is a must. But if you’ve been in a sneaker store recently, you know the options are endless. So what should you be looking for in your new pair of kicks?
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) recommends taking the arches of your feet into consideration before purchasing. If you have a low arch, buy shoes that offer plenty of support, motion control and stability. If you have a “normal” arch, look for shoes that have generous, equal amounts of cushioning and support to help absorb more shock. If you have a high arch, look for shoes with a soft midsole and plenty of flexibility.
The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) offer these tips for buying a new pair of sneakers:
- Don’t go just by size. Have your feet measured.
- Visit the shoe store at the end of a workout when your feet are largest.
- Wear the sock you normally wear when working out.
- Fit the shoe to the largest foot.
- Make sure the shoe provides at least one thumb’s breadth of space from the longest toe to the end of the toe box. When the shoe is on your foot, you should be able to freely wiggle all of your toes.
- If you have bunions or hammertoes, find a shoe with a wide toe box. You should be able to fully extend your toes when you’re standing and shoes should be comfortable from the moment you put them on. They will not stretch out. Women who have big or wide feet should consider buying men’s or boys’ shoes which are cut wider for the same length.
- The shoes should be comfortable as soon as you try them on. There is no break-in period.
- Always relace the shoes you are trying on. You should begin at the farthest eyelets and apply even pressure as you a crisscross lacing pattern to the top of the shoe.
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