Athletic shoes are a special part of men’s clothing. Active men need shoes that are durable, lightweight and well made. If you are regular jogger or walk for exercise, and your shoes are more than six months old you may be ready for a new pair.
Basketball shoes are typically the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks on men’s athletic shoes. There are many other types of shoes besides basketball. All sport shoes for men are made basically the same with a few differences such as cleats and height.
Modern athletic shoes are highly engineered athletic equipment and the materials necessary to provide adequate support and cushioning to prevent injury start to break down after about 400 mi. of usage. If the sole cushioning is beginning to feel a little flimsy, or if you are experiencing foot, ankle or knee pain, it is probably time for a new pair of athletic shoes.
There are also a few categories of shoes that make a difference in wear and comfort. From the cheapest shoes to the most expensive men’s athletic shoes vary. It is important that you find the right shoe to fit you individual needs for training, durability and comfort.
The first category is Motion Control Shoes. These shoes are the most rigid, control orientated and durable. The normal motion of the foot is important to keep in mind when purchasing these types of shoes. The motion control shoes help limit the motion of the foot so they are not excessively moving around making injury a greater risk.
Running shoes and walking shoes are constructed differently. A jogger places a force of about four times body weight on each foot on every step. A walker about two times body weight. Running shoes are generally less flexible and have more cushioning in the midsole and heel areas.
Running shoes also have slightly higher heels to assist push-off. A good rule of thumb is that you can use running shoes for walking but you should not use shoes made especially for walking for frequent jogging sessions.
Another type of shoe category is Stability Shoes. Stability means that there is good support, cushioning, and durability. Men who are of average weight and do not have a need for motion controlled shoes will find these provide the right support.
Cushioned Shoes are ideal for those who do not have a lot of excess motion in their foot and are not in need of additional support. A man of average weight and size may find these to be appropriate for him.
Another type of shoe would be the Lightweight Training Shoes. These are very light and are intended for racing and fast paced training. Efficient runners with no motion control problems will find these are perfect for them.
Finally Trail Shoes are good for off road or inclement weather. They have extra stability for added traction. They are very durable. It is imperative to plan ahead when exercising and playing sports. Alternating your shoes is a way to give your feet a brief workout.
They will rest the muscles used in the other shoes while working ones to adjust to the ones you changed into. Also your work out or sport shoes will last longer if you wear them only when needed as opposed to all the time.
Here is a 9 tip checklist to follow when shopping for your next pair of athletic shoes.
1. Shop late in your day or after you have been on your for a long time or even right after a walking or jogging session. Your feet tend to get slightly larger under continuous load.
2. Wear the same kind of socks that you wear while exercising.
3. Allow plenty of time so that you are not rushed into a decision.
4. If you normally wear orthotics bring them with you and insert them in the new shoes before you try them on.
5. Check for one quarter to one half inch of space between your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
6. Your heel should not slip up or down or rub hard against the back of the shoe.
7. Your foot should not slide forward in the shoe.
8. Your foot should not feel squeezed. Common width for women is B, and D is typical for men. Widths go to 4E.
9. Wear both shoes and walk around or even jog for several minutes if you can. The shoes should feel comfortable from the moment you put them on. There is no such thing as “broken-in” when it comes to athletic shoe comfort.
Some final tips for buying men’s athletic shoes are to always shop late in the day since feet tend to swell a bit as the day progresses. It is important to always measure your feet while standing; the change in size is enough to make your new shoes uncomfortable if you don’t. Make sure you try on both shoes with socks on.
Some people’s feet are slightly different sizes. When you choose a pair always buy the size of your larger foot.
If the shoes hurt the first time you try them on then don’t buy them. They will not get more comfortable later on. Before training in your new shoes break them in by wearing them around the house. If you should need to return them stores generally won’t accept them after they have been worn outdoors.