Buying the right sports shoes
There are so many different brands and models of shoes these days that walking into a sports shoe store can be overwhelming. Choosing the incorrect type of sporting footwear can lead to injury, so when choosing your next pair, here are some factors to consider.
Stick with What You Know
If you have been using a particular brand and model of sports shoe for your activities, and have not had any problems or injuries with them, WHY CHANGE?
You should always try to update yearly to the latest version, providing that the shoe has not had any major changes made to their performance and fit. Always take your current sports shoe with you when purchasing a new pair and do not substitute another brand’s model, as they will not be exactly the same.
Your sporting shoe should suit your activity. Running shoes should be used for running and walking. These shoes should not be used for court sports, which involve rapid changes of direction. If you require a shoe for court sports, you’ll be better suited to netball, basketball, tennis and court based cross training shoes.
Many sports shoe retailers will attempt to match your “foot type” to a sports shoe type. This is much more complicated than they realise. Foot types are only one factor in your foot biomechanics and lower limb alignment. Things get even more complicated if you wear foot orthoses. A Sports Podiatrist will be able to assess you and recommend a range of models of sports shoes that suit you, and your activities.
Fitting and Sizing
Always use your current sport shoes as a size guide. It is preferable to fit new shoes in the afternoon, to allow for natural swelling of your feet. Best fit for length is to have a thumbs width distance between the end of your longest toe and the end of the shoe. Width should be comfortable and not overly tight. Many sporting shoes brands have different width fittings so ask the sales assistant. Sports shoes have become very technical, complicated and expensive.
If you are having issues with your current sports shoes, consult a recommended Sports Podiatrist. Doing this will help you make an informed, cost effective decision on your purchase to help prevent injury.