Today, sneakers can be worn just about anywhere and not limited to just the gym or going for an outdoor run. With the number of different styles that are now available, there are a multitude of options out there. First, you need to determine what is the purpose of the athletic shoe. Are you looking for new pair of sneakers to update your wardrobe or hit the gym? Below are five things to consider when looking for an athletic shoe.
This is one of the most important things to consider whether this is a fashionable or functional purpose. Shoes should feel comfortable initially and not need to be broken. An uncomfortable fit can lead to shin splints or aching heels. Knowing certain characteristics of your feet like having a high arch or having flat fleet will help you narrow down the selection process.
Ideally, your gym sneakers serve a specific purpose and should be limited to the gym. However, with so many styles offering such a huge variety it’s hard to resist weaving your favorite athletic shoe into your wardrobe. If are looking for a sneaker that you can wear out to lunch and to your next HIIT class, make sure that you concentrate on the athletic performance of the sneaker first. The New Balance 574 Casual Sneakers can be used for light workouts like walking, and they are also great to pair with jeans for a casual look. The Nike’s Men's Overplay 8 Basketball sneakers are clearly meant for the courts, but can be matched with slouchy black skinny jeans and a graphic tee!
If you workout in a variety of ways, investing in a cross-training sneaker is the best option if are looking to only make one purchase. However running sneakers should be an entirely separate purchase. When looking for a cross trainer you want to make sure you try the shoes on in-store and test out several different pairs. Not all cross trainers are made the same, making sure they are suitable is key before leaving the store. Your big toe should not be pressed against the top of the sneaker, there should be at least a thumbnail’s length of space and the heel should feel supported. Don’t be afraid to actually walk a bit in the store with the sneakers on, it will give you a good idea of how they may feel on a daily basis.
For outdoor lovers that like to train outside, purchasing a sneaker that can handle the outdoors is your best bet. Outdoor running sneakers take more of a beating in comparison to sneakers made for indoor training. With the weather changing, you want to make sure that your footwear can handle the demands of the outdoors such as climate change and unpaved payment. Nike’s Air Max Premiere Running sneakers and Nike Men’s 5.0 are great for an outdoor run.
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