Considering we spend so much time on our feet, choosing the right sneaker can be compared to choosing the right mattress. All that time in bed and on our feet calls for a smart decision that will benefit our body. Here are a few more tips for selecting a sneaker that will support your life…
4. Spend time on getting it right. You may be surprised to learn that your actual shoe size may not be what you had thought it was. There is a good chance that you’ve been wearing the same size your entire adult life, however; because feet expand and grow due to body changes, you just might be surprised to learn that you are a size ten instead of your lifelong go-to size nine. To be safe, it’s always a good idea to have an employee at the shoe store size you, before you start pulling boxes off the shelves. They can also help you determine whether you have a specific arch pattern, which will guide you in your shoe-shopping goals. Also keep in mind that sizes run differently depending on the brand. So, if you are a size 9 in a Nike, you may be a size 10 in Under Armour.
5. Avoid getting caught up in the brand. You may find that Nike clothing fits you just right and you love the styles that they showcase every season, however; shoes are an entirely different market. Go into the shopping experience with an open mind and be willing to step outside your brand comfort zone.
6. Time it right. Our feet swell as the day wears on, so it’s key to shop for shoes later in the day if you want to get an accurate size. And it’s always better to get a shoe that feels a little roomy versus one that feels too small. Also, when we exercise, our feet swell, so it’s always best to shop after you’ve had your workout for the day.
7. Bring your own socks. The best way to fit yourself properly is to wear the socks that you plan on wearing while you exercise. If you use a pair of the store’s thin socks, you may find that your shoes are too snug when you put on your thicker socks at home.
8. Leave a little extra. If you’ve ever had to walk in shoes that are too snug, then you know just how painful that can be. Always leave yourself a little extra room in the toe box of the shoe. A thumb’s width of space at the end of your longest toe is a good measurement tool to determine size. This extra space will accommodate the swelling and spreading of the foot that occurs during exercise.
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