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Choose the Right Shoes for Your Workout

In the market for a new pair of running shoes, tennis shoes, cross trainers or just plain old sneakers?

The right footwear is essential to an active lifestyle and can help to prevent blisters, calluses and foot, ankle or leg injuries. These tips can keep you a step ahead:How to Choose the Right Athletic Shoes

Shop at Specialty Shoe Stores
There are a host of athletic shoes on the market, with special shoes made for walking, aerobics and running, just to name a few. In each category, there are shoes made for support, control and pronation needs (if your foot rolls inward or outward).

Finding a comfortable shoe that meets your requirements can be tricky, so it’s best to consult an expert at a specialty athletic shoe store. The shop’s knowledgeable staff can measure your feet, analyze your gait and recommend certain shoes for your needs.

Try Them On for Size, Comfort and Performance 

  • Tell the staff what you’ll be doing in the shoes. If you participate in a sport three or more times per week, you need a shoe specific to that sport.
  • Bring your old shoes.The wear on your old shoes tells the staff a lot about your foot and shoe needs.
  • Get fitted for shoes at the end of the day.This is when your foot is the largest.
  • Wear athletic socks, specifically the type you will wear with your new shoes.
  • Know that shoes should be comfortable as soon as you put them on. You shouldn’t need to break them in.
  • Make sure you can wiggle your toes. A good “rule of thumb” is that the width of your thumb should fit in the gap between your big toe and the tip of the shoe.
  • Take them for a test spin. Some stores allow you to run in a pair of shoes before committing to them. If this isn’t an option, just take a few laps around the store in your new kicks.

Replace Them Often
Shoes wear down with use, so you’ll need to replace them often. In general, replace shoes after:

  • 300 to 400 miles of running
  • 45 to 60 hours of basketball, dance or tennis
  • 300 hours of aerobic activity

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Review Date: July 27, 2012
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