Footwear is incredibly important and far too often overlooked by the average consumer. They tend to go for brand names instead of what is actually good for them, and good looking, at the same time. Footwear is what helps you get through the day and what keeps you in the right position, to an extent.
Before going to purchase your next pair of sneakers and shoes, you should read this little guide and our tips on how to purchase the perfect pair.
Choose for the Occasion
If you need to go running, then by all means, you need to look for running shoes.
But wait, what kind of running will you be doing? Will it mainly be concrete, tarmac or dirt? In that case, you can get a pair of regular running shoes. If it is off-road with lots of ups and downs and potentially, sharp rocks, you should opt for a pair of trail running shoes. Look at different brands, the reviews of their products and finally, try them out to see which shoe fits you the best.
If you have to buy a pair of fancy shoes to wear to a restaurant, then you should look to match them with a potentially large number of clothes you could wear along with them. Don’t forget that they should firstly be comfortable and then stylish.
Comfort Before Brand
Most people prefer branded stuff because then they are “in”, meaning in that group of people who simply purchase a brand without stopping to try other shoes which might fit them better, for whichever occasion. This is why you should first try the various other brands and not just the one which is the most popular in your part of the world, or your sport or social circle.
When your feet are comfortable, chances are that you will be, as well, to a certain degree.
They Should Have Adequate Support
Depending on the shoe itself, it should have adequate support at the back, and be roomy enough to fit your toes. Your foot shouldn’t be able to move much inside the shoe. The shoe itself should be twistable, at least a little bit. You can check each pair of shoes before buying them or even trying them. Some shoes may look the part but they might not perform it.
Different Soles for Different Goals
Each shoe is supposed to do its job and therefore, you can expect them to be different in build and not every one of them will behave the same. Athletic shoes are supposed to do one thing, and depending on the sport in question, will support your foot in one way or another. Running shoes can’t replace sport-specific shoes. Sandals have completely different requirements, like a good strap which won’t give you calluses.
With these tips, you should be well on your way to getting a shoe not only fits but also fits the occasion, a shoe that will keep you healthy.