I am not a foot pathologist or a orthotics expert, I am however an expert when it comes to testing out athletic shoes and putting the miles in them to see if they are worth the cost or not, and if they live up to their credibility.
An athletic shoe should be looked at like an investment. You wouldn’t put just any old tire on a Ferrari, so why would you wear any old shoes on your feet? (yes we should treat our bodies like Ferrari’s…and support them accordingly). Your feet, which support your entire body when performing any activity rely on the structure and design of a shoe to help you through the moment and minimize/ prevent injury.
This is extremely important when exercising and not all athletic shoes are created equally!! It doesn’t mean a good shoe has to cost a lot of money, it means it has to be designed well and you should use if for the activity it best suits you for. For example, the Nike Fly Knit is designed for running…I hate running in them, I actually loath it, but I love this shoe for everything else I do in the gym. I need a more supportive runner, and the Fly Knit just isn’t built for me…for running, but I had to try it out and not force myself to run with that particular shoe just because it is marketed as a “runner”. Athletic shoe fit, for me, is a lot of trial and error. I need to have a good run in a shoe to find out if it makes my foot go numb, or if it has poor support for my back. I look for different sole heights and thickness because thicker soled runners are disastrous when performing motions like box jumps or bench hops. The same could be said of light weight sole when you need the support on rough terrain or hard cement when running, you need more support so a thicker sole is preferrable.
Before heading out to buy the next awesome addition to your fitness arsenal, check out this helpful link from Consumer Reports http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/athletic-shoes/buying-guide. A little research will go a long way in saving time, money, shin splints (from running) and shin dents (from box jumps)! Happy shopping!
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