It is obvious that one will avoid wearing his football crampons to lift alters in the gym. But other subtleties can escape us in the art of well fitting for the sport. Existing in all forms, shoes can hinder our efforts if they are badly chosen. So how to adopt the best adapted to his sport?
Several criteria must be taken into account, starting with your size obviously, the sport that you practice, your pronation (that is to say the direction towards which your foot switches right after having touched the ground during the race), but also your weight and the intensity of your sport. We advise you to try them in the shop at the end of the day because your feet and your ankles are generally more inflated.
How to Choose The Right Shoes?
As for the wear of your sports shoes, it depends on the intensity of your practice, your weight but also the soil on which you practice. The heavier you are, the harder the floors and the faster your pair will wear out. In order to guarantee the cushioning qualities of your shoes, we advise you to renew them every 150 hours of sports practice on average.
The most important criteria for choosing your runnings are their weight and the way they compensate for your pronation. Depending on how you stand during the effort, you can determine if you have a universal foot (just after contact with the ground, your feet remain stable, not spilling outward or inward), pronator (your feet spill in) or supinator (your feet spill out).
Contrary to popular belief, it is not at the back of the sole that you can determine the way you run (because it is normal to see a strong wear outward, regardless of the type of foot) but well in front of the shoe, solicited during the propulsion phase of your stride. Strong internal wear indicates a pronator foot and an external supinator foot.
The right pair of running balances your pronation to have the most stable support possible during the race. In sports shops, this kind of information is specified on each pair so you can choose the one designed for your type of foot. The weight of the shoes, also indicated, must be taken into account according to the performances that you wish to accomplish. For speed, choose light shoes. For endurance, opt for heavier shoes but more able to cushion your weight over time.
Addicted to Crossfit, squats, deadlift, push press, burpees and other barbarian names, you need rock solid stability. Your shoes must, therefore, take into account your pronation, but especially maintain your ankle, even if relatively heavy. Their sole should not be too thick for you to feel the ground and thus have a better explosion for jumping and balance exercises.
Playing the big arms starts with a good pair of shoes. In the gym where the floor is hard, you are advised not to wear the same sneakers as those of your Sunday jog. Lightweight shoes designed for running increase your chances of hurting you. Instead, head to heavy-soled sneakers for stability to lift weights. Nevertheless, if you already have shoes for cross-training, you can afford to wear them for bodybuilding too.
Football, baseball, softball, or even rugby. These sports require fine grip so, you don’t slip on the grass and win better. We will only advise you to take crampons adapted to your outdoor sport, even to the type of lawn that you walk (wet or dry). There is no other secret.
Tennis and basketball
Surprisingly, these two very different sports require similar shoes. If you think of sneakers as high shoes, today it is more of a fashion than a necessity. On clay as on ground crushing, you are made to make a lot of displacements and thus need a well-maintained ankle by a heavy shoe. A light shoe increases your risk of spraining your ankle.
To optimize your sporting performance, we advise you to bet on special shoes, whose rigid sole often has crampons ensures maximum grip to the pedal. Generally, with scratches, some models also have a micrometric adjustment buckle (the same kind of attachment that can be found on rollerblades or ski boots). A properly maintained foot will allow you to transmit the power of your legs to the bike. This type of shoe usually small cut, make sure to choose the largest size if you hesitate between two sizes. And unlike other sports, they will last many years of practice so do not worry about investing.
Finally, if in spite of all our advice, you have problems with your joints or your back, change your coach or consult a podiatrist who will carry out a complete examination. Remember to bring your worn sports shoes with you so that it can study the wear, revealing your way of holding you during the effort. This foot specialist may, for example, prescribe custom soles to prevent your troubles. What to start on the right foot.