While every activity demands a specific kind of footwear, above looks and designs, there are few basic ground rules that stay the same and should be adhered to, for the perfect fit.
Here is a list of such rules that apply to both women’s and men’s sports shoes and can make choosing the right one for you easier:
Know your profile
What is the sport that you need the shoe for?
Even if you are looking for a pair for walking or running, it is important to know that even these two activities are different and demand specific shoes.
Be specific with your needs like the sport, ground used for it, body type, etc., when you start hunting for sports shoes for men or women online, or at a brick and mortar store.
Identify your style
Know how you move. Determine how you first come in contact with the ground, especially if you are looking for a sport shoe for walking or running.
Is it the outside of the heel or inside of the forefoot?
Your shoe must have the appropriate cushion to support your movements at every step and avoid injuries.
Know your arch
Do you roll to the inside of the foot, or roll to the outside of the foot, or remain neutral when you run?
The shape of your arch will help you understand the kind of stability your shoe must give. An easy way to know the arch of your foot is to take the “wet test.”
Test 360 degrees
Shoe fitting is more than whether the upper part is wide and long enough. The shoe should not squeeze your foot, and most importantly, all the bones should be sitting on the base of the shoe.
There also must be enough space in the toe box when you stand.
Shop as late as possible
Feet swell during the day and are at their largest in the evening. Buying them in the evening will help you get the most comfortable fit.
If you have bought a pair online, try them out in the evening before making the final decision.
Get measured each time
The size and shape of our feet changes over time as we age. Getting them measured every time is therefore essential for a comfortable fit.
Last but not the least, wear the right sock.