|I want these....|
I believe in moderation in all things. Except for shoes. I can never have enough shoes. Shopping for shoes is one of the greatest pleasures in life. (And a shoe sale can be, well, dare I say, orgasmic?)
So why is it that I hate to buy athletic shoes?
I'm notorious for wearing my workout shoes long past the time when they should have been demoted to the lake or the garden.
Before I go, I did a little research and here's what I found out.
- Shoes don't multi-task. A shoe built for running isn't a good shoe for Jazzercise. I'm going to look for a crosstrainer, a shoe that provides support for side-to-side movement.
- Get some help. A knowledgeable sales person can measure your foot and help you match the shoe to your exercise routine. WebMD reports it's a myth that your foot stops growing in adulthood so measurements are important. Also, your feet swell during the day so shop in the afternoon when they're at their largest.
- And while I'm on the topic of size, different brands run differently so judge by how they feel, not the number on the box. And bring your own socks.
- Know your foot. I have high arches and my feet tend to roll outward. My shoes show wear on the outside heel. Someone else's feet may roll too far inward. Each condition requires a different type of support. Again, it's another good reason to find a store with a knowledgeable staff.
- Don't wear your workout shoes for any other purpose like running errands after class. It causes your shoes to break down faster.
- And replace your shoes often. The length of time varies depending on the source but I read workout shoes should be replaced after anywhere from 60 to 100 workout hours or 350 to 400 miles of use. At least every six months.
- And that's a lot of shoes. Cha-ching. Which brings me to price. According to WebMD, you don't have to buy a shoe with all the bells and whistles. A $15 shoe isn't a good choice but paying extra for a pair endorsed by a celebrity isn't necessarily the best shoe either.
Next week, I'll report on my success!