How to Choose the Right Gym Shoes


It wasn’t too long ago when buying a pair of gym shoes was an easy task. You could just walk into the store, choose your favourite look and colour and make sure that the shoes fit snug. Nowadays there are so many features built into sneakers, it’s hard to know which shoes are best for different activities.

Specialized Athletic Shoes

Shopping for shoes is a bit easier if you engage in a sport that offers highly-specialized shoes such as tennis, basketball, lifting, and cycling. If you’re going to be running, walking, jogging or hiking, you’ll need to take a look at different factors such as how often you’ll be running every week and whether you’ll be making your way along smooth surfaces or on trails.

Gym shoes – When you go to the gym, you’ll need supportive shoes to keep your feet healthy.

Running shoes Choose the ones that incorporate different types of technology including stability, motion control, and shock absorption. It’s important to make sure you buy the appropriate model for your kind of feet; otherwise, you could end up having some injury.

Trail shoes – These are specially designed shoes that offer thicker soles to keep your feet protected from pointy objects. They also provide more traction and a feel that is lower to the ground for more stability.

Cleats – Cleats are the perfect shoes for football, soccer, baseball, and ultimate frisbee. You’ll find that cleats can be found in different styles and shapes according to specific sports.


Getting the Right Fit

Take all the time you need when buying a new pair of shoes to make sure that they fit correctly. An improperly fitted shoe can cause bunions, bruised toenails, blisters and a wide array of other foot conditions. Look for an athletic shoe store with sales associates that can help you with expert advice. You’ll be guided towards the perfect shoes for your feet and the activity you will use them for.

Keep in mind that shoes should fit perfectly on the onset and don’t need to be “broken in”. Never buy shoes that don’t fit well when you’re trying them on. They won’t magically start to fit at a later date. Find shoes that fit great and are comfortable right at the start, and you’ll probably do well down the road.

If you have been wearing shoes that don’t fit properly, maybe that’s the reason why you have been experiencing foot pain. Please get in touch with us to schedule an appointment and get a proper evaluation. At Thornhill Foot Clinic, Chiropodists & Podiatrists, we look forward to helping you get back on your feet!

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