4 Things to Know Before Buying Fitness Shoes
Whether you’re in the market for running shoes, walking shoes, or squatting shoes, there are dozens of options to choose. Before you set foot (pun intended) into a shoe store, you need to consider a few things so that you don’t end up making the wrong choice. Let’s take a look at the top 4 things to know before making that next big shoe purchase.
- Know Your Goals
Not all shoes are made the same. Just like all feet aren’t made the same. It’s important to narrow down the “WHY?” before making your purchase.
Why am I buying a new pair of fitness shoes?
- Think about your goal.
- What is your ultimate goal?
- What physical activity do you find yourself doing the most?
- Is it running, weight lifting, cycling, or some other sport?
- Know Your Feet
Once you determine what you’ll be using the shoe for, you’ll be able to narrow down the type of shoe you need.
Seems simple, right? You know your shoe size. Isn’t that enough?
There are many other foot-based factors to consider when making a purchase. The fastest way to find this information out is to get your foot professionally measured. This will allow you to see whether you have a high arch, wide foot, etc.
- Know the Right Price
We’ve all seen those discount off-brands being sold on the side of the street. We’ve also seen those $200+ celebrity sneakers. Is it worthwhile to pay more?
Yes… but not $200 more.
You obviously shouldn’t opt for a $20 pair of running shoes. The quality will be terrible. It’ll be amazing if it fits the way it is should in order to match your foot. Most importantly, they will be trashed long before a quality shoe.
When it comes to the insanely expensive shoes, that extra cost is you paying for a name. If a celebrity owns the shoe, you are paying them to wear their name.
So what’s the ideal price range?
A shoe that costs between $80 and $120 is the sweet spot for quality and value. Again, be sure to match your goals and foot shape to a shoe in between this range.
- Know the Store
This is by far one of the most important things to consider: How well are the employees trained?
Something like a discount chain isn’t going to have the knowledgeable staff you need in order to get the ideal shoe to match your health and goals.
Do your research and select a store where the employees actually know what they are talking about. The fastest way to do this is to ask friends who are serious runners. They’ll easily point you in the right direction.
Another great place to visit to find knowledgeable people is a fitness convention. Commonly held whenever there is a race or athletic event, fitness conventions are filled with vendors who know their trade. Stop in and chat with someone who will be happy to fit you right there on the spot.
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