Just like your perfect workout outfit, your perfect pair of athletic shoes don't have to be hard to find. Start by answering these 3 questions and then you will be on the road to shoe heaven:
- What activities am I going to do in these shoes? Shoes are designed for a specific activity in mind. The styles, fabrics, weight, and cushion vary depending on the activity performed while wearing the shoe. Will you be running, playing tennis, golfing, mountain climbing, or running errands? Choose a shoe made for your type of work outs.
- What type of gait do I have? Shoes have become more sophisticated over the last decade and they are designed with different gaits (or how you walk) in mind. Whether your ankles roll in or roll out, you have high arches or flat, there is a shoe to help balance that out. Many stores offer a free gait analysis. They take a video of you walking, analyze it, and then make recommendations for you based on your gait. I had this done a few years ago and it surprised me! I was wearing the opposite type of shoe for my gait. I changed up my shoes and found I had less foot pain!
- How does the shoe feel when I put it on? This is sort of like Cinderella here - you will know if the shoe fits and is comfortable as soon as you put it on. If your feet hurt after wearing them for 2-3 minutes or you can't imagine walking to your car in these shoes, they are not the right ones for you.