How To: Athletic Shoe Shop

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If you know me, you know I’m not the MOST athletic of individuals, so in writing a ‘How To: Athletic Shoe Shop’ post, I conducted endless research. From all of the references, this is what I learned and am imparting this wisdom on you. “Athletic shoes are a $20 billion industry, and there are hundreds of brands, models and features on the market today” (eHow) so choose wisely.

{1} Decide what specific type  fits your needs, whether it be a running shoe, a cross trainer, or anything in between.

{2} Measure BOTH of your feet –You’d be surprised how many people purchase shoes too small or too large, which can hurt both your athletic performance and your health. Note: You need a fingers width between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.

{3} Know your foot type — Are you flat footed, do you have a high arch, or are you an overpronator or supinator? (See Definitions)

{4} Set a budget

{5} Read customer reviews online

{6} For in-store purchases, try on BOTH (yes, I’m stressing both) and walk laps around the store.

{7} Select appropriate socks.

{8} When in doubt, ask a podiatrist.

Shop (From Top to Bottom & Left to Right)


By: Ashley Tschudin



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