How to Choose the Best Sneakers for YouArticle posted in: Lifestyle
Whether you’re planning to walk laps at the local track or take a weekly Zumba class, there’s an athletic shoe that’s right for you. Here are some tips to help pick the best one:
Shop later in the day. Your feet tend to swell throughout the day, so it’s best to try on shoes either in the evening or after a workout. And be sure to bring the same socks you typically wear when working out.
Make sure your toes have wiggle room. There should be at least ½ inch between your big toe and front of the shoe, or about the width of your thumb. And side-to-side, the shoe should feel snug, not tight.
Do a test walk. Tighten the laces like you would at home, and walk a few laps in the store. Make sure your heels fit snugly in each shoe, and don’t slip out as you walk. And if possible, take some steps on different surfaces in the store—such as carpet and tile, for example—to ensure they are comfortable.
Consider your sport. Many sneakers are designed with specific activities in mind. If you are planning to take tennis lessons every week, for example, you might consider getting a court shoe, which is designed to provide stability in all directions. Going walking every day? Get a walking shoe. Or if you are active in many different forms of exercise, a cross training shoe may be your best choice, say experts.