Athletic Shoe Stores

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Athletic Shoe Stores

2 What We Found Most people buy running and walking shoes at department, discount, specialty-athletic, sporting-goods, and family-footwear stores. You’ll probably pay more at a footwear store that caters to serious runners, but you’re also more likely to find a seasoned sales clerk who can answer your questions and help you find the right model for your gait and type of workout. A fairly recent offering by shoe manufacturers is a “barefoot” or minimalist shoe. They have much thinner soles, less cushioning, and more flexibility than traditional athletic footwear. They’re designed to provide a small amount of protection yet allow the foot to function naturally with an unrestricted motion while walking or running. The following guide addresses traditionally constructed shoes. Analyze Your Gait Manufacturers offer running and walking shoes for every type of gait. If your feet roll inward alot, or overpronate, a stabilizing or motion-control shoe might ease the problem. And if your feet land mostly on the outside edge, or oversupinate, a cushioning shoe that emphasizes shock absorption might be best. Overpronators typically have a low arch while underpronators a high one. If you have well-worn running shoes, take them with you when you shop. Their wear pattern might help an experienced sales clerk analyze your gait and recommend the right shoe. Get a Good Fit The first rule of shopping for athletic shoes is that fit counts more than anything. A bad fit can cause discomfort and fatigue, or even painful foot and joint problems. And it can make features like motion-control or cushioning less effective. Your feet tend to swell toward the end of the day, so shop late in the afternoon, and wear the kind of socks you would wear while using those shoes. Feel the inside for seams, bumps, and rough spots. Athletic shoes should feel good right out of the box, without having to break them in. Take a Test Run Buying shoes without trying them out is like buying a car without test-driving it. Jog or walk a little in the store, and ask if you can take the shoes once around the block. Better yet, ask whether you can buy the shoes, walk or run briefly on a treadmill at home or at a gym, and return them if they don’t feel right. Think Twice About Orthotics If your feet become sore from running or walking, you might be tempted to try orthotics—custom-made shoe inserts that take the place of insoles. But orthotics can be expensive and might reduce a shoe’s cushioning. Consider whether your problem could be solved with new shoes or a different category of shoe (cushioning, neutral, or stability).
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Athletic Shoe Stores

What We Found Most people buy running and walking shoes at department, discount, specialty-athletic, sporting-goods, and family-footwear stores. You’ll probably pay more at a footwear store that caters to serious runners, but you’re also more likely to find a seasoned sales clerk who can answer your questions and help you find the right model for your gait and type of workout. A fairly recent offering by shoe manufacturers is a “barefoot” or minimalist shoe. They have much thinner soles, less cushioning, and more flexibility than traditional athletic footwear. They’re designed to provide a small amount of protection yet allow the foot to function naturally with an unrestricted motion while walking or running. The following guide addresses traditionally constructed shoes. Analyze Your Gait Manufacturers offer running and walking shoes for every type of gait. If your feet roll inward alot, or overpronate, a stabilizing or motion-control shoe might ease the problem. And if your feet land mostly on the outside edge, or oversupinate, a cushioning shoe that emphasizes shock absorption might be best. Overpronators typically have a low arch while underpronators a high one. If you have well-worn running shoes, take them with you when you shop. Their wear pattern might help an experienced sales clerk analyze your gait and recommend the right shoe. Get a Good Fit The first rule of shopping for athletic shoes is that fit counts more than anything. A bad fit can cause discomfort and fatigue, or even painful foot and joint problems. And it can make features like motion-control or cushioning less effective. Your feet tend to swell toward the end of the day, so shop late in the afternoon, and wear the kind of socks you would wear while using those shoes. Feel the inside for seams, bumps, and rough spots. Athletic shoes should feel good right out of the box, without having to break them in. Take a Test Run Buying shoes without trying them out is like buying a car without test-driving it. Jog or walk a little in the store, and ask if you can take the shoes once around the block. Better yet, ask whether you can buy the shoes, walk or run briefly on a treadmill at home or at a gym, and return them if they don’t feel right. Think Twice About Orthotics If your feet become sore from running or walking, you might be tempted to try orthotics—custom-made shoe inserts that take the place of insoles. But orthotics can be expensive and might reduce a shoe’s cushioning. Consider whether your problem could be solved with new shoes or a different category of shoe (cushioning, neutral, or stability).
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Athletic Shoe Stores

Most people buy running and walking shoes at department, discount, specialty-athletic, sporting-goods, and family-footwear stores. You’ll probably pay more at a footwear store that caters to serious runners, but you’re also more likely to find a seasoned sales clerk who can answer your questions and help you find the right model for your gait and type of workout. A fairly recent offering by shoe manufacturers is a “barefoot” or minimalist shoe. They have much thinner soles, less cushioning, and more flexibility than traditional athletic footwear. They’re designed to provide a small amount of protection yet allow the foot to function naturally with an unrestricted motion while walking or running. The following guide addresses traditionally constructed shoes. Analyze Your Gait Manufacturers offer running and walking shoes for every type of gait. If your feet roll inward alot, or overpronate, a stabilizing or motion-control shoe might ease the problem. And if your feet land mostly on the outside edge, or oversupinate, a cushioning shoe that emphasizes shock absorption might be best. Overpronators typically have a low arch while underpronators a high one. If you have well-worn running shoes, take them with you when you shop. Their wear pattern might help an experienced sales clerk analyze your gait and recommend the right shoe. Get a Good Fit The first rule of shopping for athletic shoes is that fit counts more than anything. A bad fit can cause discomfort and fatigue, or even painful foot and joint problems. And it can make features like motion-control or cushioning less effective. Your feet tend to swell toward the end of the day, so shop late in the afternoon, and wear the kind of socks you would wear while using those shoes. Feel the inside for seams, bumps, and rough spots. Athletic shoes should feel good right out of the box, without having to break them in. Take a Test Run Buying shoes without trying them out is like buying a car without test-driving it. Jog or walk a little in the store, and ask if you can take the shoes once around the block. Better yet, ask whether you can buy the shoes, walk or run briefly on a treadmill at home or at a gym, and return them if they don’t feel right. Think Twice About Orthotics If your feet become sore from running or walking, you might be tempted to try orthotics—custom-made shoe inserts that take the place of insoles. But orthotics can be expensive and might reduce a shoe’s cushioning. Consider whether your problem could be solved with new shoes or a different category of shoe (cushioning, neutral, or stability).
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Athletic Shoe Stores

4 Athletic Shoe Features The cushioning in an athletic shoe comes from the squishy material in the midsole. Your foot’s natural ability to roll inward also provides cushioning and helps to reduce the impact on bones and joints. A shoe that combines cushioning and flexibility, while also providing adequate stability, is a step ahead of shoes that don’t. If the shoe is also lightweight, and breathable, so much the better. Here are the features to consider for traditional footwear. The Sole Three layers comprise the sole. The bottom layer, or outsole, is generally made of carbon rubber for durability. It’s segmented for flexibility and grooved or patterned for traction. The squishy middle layer, or midsole, provides most of the cushioning. It’s usually made of shock-absorbing foam and might incorporate gel or air sacs and plastic torsion supports. The layer directly underfoot, the insole or sock liner, provides some additional shock absorption and arch support. It’s removable and washable in many running and walking shoes. The Upper This is the body of the shoe, the part above the sole. The toe box—the forward part of the upper—should be roomy enough to let your toes spread and leave a half-inch space ahead of your longest toe. The heel counter at the rear should keep your heel from slipping excessively. These days, the uppers on most running shoes are made of synthetics, though some walking shoes still use leather. The more your feet sweat, the more you’ll appreciate the breathability of mesh. But if you plan to be outside in the cold weather, a less porous material will provide a little more protection. Lacing Fabric, plastic, or metal speed-lacing loops make tightening easier. Extra top eyelets provide a snug fit at the ankle. Flat laces are less likely to loosen or come untied than round ones. Style If you’re on your feet a lot all day long, you might want shoes that combine the comfort and support of a walking shoe with something dressy enough for the office. Unfortunately the dressier walking shoes we tested in the past did not perform as well, overall, as the ones that look like sneakers. Reflectors If you jog or walk at dawn or dusk, reflective tabs on the uppers can provide extra safety by reflecting cars’ headlights. Most of the reflectors on the shoes we tested were skimpy, but sporting goods stores offer supplementary reflectors and reflective clothing.

Athletic Shoe Stores

Athletic Shoe Stores
Athletic Shoe Stores
Athletic Shoe Stores