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Things to Think About When Buying Athletic Shoes

So you need to buy a new pair of sneakers for running, or maybe for soccer. Regardless of what activity you need the shoes for, here are some things to think about for choosing the best pair of sneakers:

  • Wear the appropriate shoes for the appropriate activity. If you're going to be running, it's not in your best interests to wear tennis sneakers. Even if the tennis shoe is cuter.
  • Get your foot measured. Our shoe sizes change over time, so make sure to have your foot measured from time to time.
  • Due to normal swelling in your feet throughout the day, shop for your shoes in the afternoon.
  • Leave the idea that you need to break a shoe in at home. If your athletic shoe does not feel comfortable in the store, don't buy it.
  • Shop around. There are lots of shoes to choose from and the first one you try may not always be the best even if it feels OK.
  • Take your own socks, the ones that you would wear with those shoes on your own.
  • Unfortunately, when it comes to athletic shoes you pay for what you get. So don't be afraid to pay a little extra for a nice pair of shoes.


Join The Conversation
sugarfan sugarfan 9 years
I might have to disagree with the idea of breaking in new shoes. I was recently fitted for a new pair at a running store and, because I had not been wearing the right type of running shoe for my foot, my first few runs in the new shoes were an adjustment. The shoes I had been running in did not have the right kind of arch support for my flat, wide feet. My shoes feel fine now but it took a few days for my feet to adjust to the new support.
laurini laurini 9 years
Another great tip I got from a woman I work with who has cronic foot problems: Skip shoes with mesh on the side. It may be great for "breathing" but the mesh wears out and stretches, and you lose support on the sides of your feet. The more leather a shoe has on the sides, the better!
tati33 tati33 9 years
Yes, orthotics!! Superfeet are fantastic!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I do all of the above when I buy new shoes. I have to buy new ones every 3 months or so...sometimes more often. Another thing to add: If you have problems with your knees or ankles, look into orthotics for your shoes. Lots of them help give you a bit of extra support and most of them are pretty cheap.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
Hey Fit - a while back you posted about this store (they are both on-line and brick & mortar) that was a good place to get running shoes. They guaranteed them I think? I can't find the post and I want to visit the Seattle store! I am in DESPERATE need of some new running sneaks. :)
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