Do we Need Sports Shoes?

Running Shoes

Running shoes provide support in the midsole and padding and reinforcement in the heel. You hit the ground with two to three times your body weight when you run, and so it’s prudent to wear footwear designed specifically for the activity.

The type of foot you have and your running style will determine the shoe that you purchase. One way is to just look at your foot. A more accurate method is to examine your footprint by either running in the sand or on paper with wet feet.

The first thing to do is determine your foot strike. Foot strike describes how your foot hits the ground. There are three types of foot strike:

  1. Pronation Foot Strike: Pronation is the term to describe when your arch flattens on foot strike and your foot rolls in. If you’re looking at your foot, you’ll know you have flat feet if you don’t see any arch. The bottom of your foot, from your toes to your heel, is completely flat. If you do the footprint test, your print will look like a foot-shaped blob. You won’t see an inward curve from your big toe to your heel. You’re probably a pronator if the inner edges of your shoes wear out. Your running shoe needs to be one that maintains stability. Look for words such as motion control and/or stability.
  2. Supinated foot strike. Supination is the term to describe high arches that don’t flatten. If you do the footprint test, your print will curve inward, making the middle part of your foot look very skinny. When you push your hand against the bottom of your foot, your arch will stay rigid. If your arch doesn’t flatten and your foot doesn’t roll in at all, then you lose shock absorption on foot strike. Excessive supination can lead to ankle sprains, Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. You’re probably a supinator if the outer edges of your shoes wear out. If you have high arches, you probably supinate or under pronate, which means your feet roll outwards as you run. It’s very important that runners with high arches periodically re-measure their feet because running will cause their arches to gradually fall, making their feet longer. Look for flexible running shoes with a soft midsole with the words cushioned and flexible.
  3. Neutral foot strike: An efficient amount of flattening of the arch is called “neutral” foot strike. This provides plenty of shock absorption and enough energy for you to have a powerful push-off. If you’ve examined your foot or your footprint and it doesn’t look flat-footed or high-arched, you most likely have a neutral or normal foot. Your footprint will have a noticeable curve inward, but not by more than 3/4 of an inch. This is the most common type of foot and there is a wide variety of shoes for this type of runner. Stay away from running shoes that have a lot of stability or motion control.

Tips for Purchasing the Best Running Shoe:

  • Bring your running socks and try both shoes on. If one foot is larger than the other, buy the larger size.
  • Shoes should feel comfortable right away.
  • Get fitted at the end of the day when your foot is at its largest size.
  • Allow wiggle room for all toes,
  • Find a reputable shoe store in your area that sells running shoes. Choose one that has runners as sales consultants.

Wearing the correct running shoe may help to prevent injury to your feet, ankles and legs.

skate shoes

 Skateboarding Shoes

Are skate boarding shoes necessary? Technically, no. Skate shoes are made to help you skate better.

What to look for in a skate boarding shoe:

  • Flat, grippy shoes with extra wide soles. Helps you hold onto your board better.
  • Puffy, moon –boot style with extra padding. The extra padding on the sides and the tongue protect while doing technical tricks.
  • Thin, classic style skateboarding shoes. Improves how much you can feel the board while doing tricks.
  • Typically Vans shoes cover all these aspects well and have been used for many years, since the start of modern skateboarding. Find more info at http://www.since66.co.uk/vans-shoes.

Bowling Shoes

Bowling is a sport that requires specialty shoes, whether they are your own or rented. Bowling shoes should not ever be worn outside. Avoid going outside with them, especially in the rain or snow. Also, you should not wear them into the bathrooms or walk through spilled food or drink in the bowling alley.

These shoes have virtually no tread on them. This is because they need to be able to slide when releasing the ball down the lane. The approach at the bowling lane needs to be flat, moderately slick and free of debris also.

Pro Bowling Shoes: Each shoe in a pair of performance bowling shoe serves a different purpose. One bowling shoe is for sliding, and the other is for braking and is designed specifically for right or left-handed bowlers. The shoe for sliding is the one opposite of the hand you bowl with. Bowling shoes with padded linings and collars, and cushioned insoles will not only provide extra comfort. They can also provide extra support and stability by minimizing the movement of your foot within the shoe. This added stability can improve balance, and thereby improve your performance. For maximum comfort and coolness, you will also want to look for bowling shoes that have breathable uppers.

For the occasional bowler, the rental shoes provide you with the ease of the slide. If you bowl more often or are grossed out by wearing someone else’s shoes, then by all means, purchase your own.

Football Shoes

Football shoes, or cleats, or studs, are available in many varieties and can be chosen according to the position you play and the type of field you play on.

Choose a football shoe based on your playing position.

Buy high-top football shoes if you are a lineman, because the high-tops will provide extra support for your ankles.

Buy mid-cut football shoes if you are a skill player such as a quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back or running back, because mid-cuts will allow you to maneuver easier on the field.

Low-cut football shoes can also be worn by skill players, but provide less ankle support than mid-cut shoes. Low-cuts are generally lighter in weight, but provide a higher level of maneuvering flexibility to support quicker movements.

Also different types of shoes based on your field position are important.

Molded cleats: If you consistently play on the same field or the same type of field.

Detachable cleats: For versatility if you travel to, and play on, a variety of field types.

Long cleats and more than 12 studs: These will provide you with the best traction if you play on wet, grassy fields

1 inch cleats: If you generally play on muddy fields.

Half-inch cleats: For the best traction on hard-packed, natural grass.

Leather: For increased flexibility and to help your feet breathe easier.

Synthetic materials: For extra support or reinforcement in the ankle, mid-foot and forefoot regions.