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FAQs About Athletic Shoes

  • What exactly is an Athletic shoe?

  • There is a difference between a walking shoe and an athletic one. Athletics are primarily designed for sports or other forms of physical exercise and will have a stiffer sole; walking shoes have more flex and blend.

  • Can wearing a running shoe for walking every day cause a problem?

  • everyday casual wear, This can actually cause a problem for some people since this style of athletic shoe has a thicker heal than a walking sneaker. This doesn’t sound like a reason to cause a problem but it can actually result in tendinitis or shin splints when used .and when walking.

  • Do I need a specialty shoe?

  • If you participate in a sport three or more times a week you may want to consider a sport specific shoe.

  • What is cushioning?

  • Cushioning is the property of the shoe designed to absorb part of the impact. Recent studies have shown that highly-cushioned shoes are not linked to lower levels of impact than traditional running shoes. They found the opposite to be true!   

  • Is there a difference between sneakers and athletic shoes?

  • Not all athletic shoes are sneakers. Sneaker is a term used mostly in America, whereas these shoes are referred to as joggers in Britain.

  • How often do I need to replace my running shoes?

  • After 300-500 miles of running or 300 hours of exercise, the cushioning material in a shoe is usually worn down and it's time to replace the shoes.

a Few Tips for Finding the Perfect Athletic Shoe

  • Finding a Comfortable Fit

  • It’s best to purchase any type of shoe at the end of the day when your feet are at their largest. If you are choosing an athletic shoe also consider purchasing after a workout out for your best fit.

  • Be sure to bring whatever type of sock you normally would wear. This can make a big difference in the final fit and comfort of your new shoe.

  • Take a few minutes and walk (or run!) around the store to see how they feel in action.

    • Checking on Proper Size

    • You should be able to freely wiggle your toes.

    • Make sure you can fit at least one thumb between your longest toe and the end of the shoe's toe box.

    • There should be a firm grip of the shoe to your heel and your heel should not slip as you walk or run.

    • The shoes should be comfortable as soon as you try them on. Don't plan on them fitting better after "breaking them in."