Choose your sneakers and make time for sports!

When it comes to running shoes, size matters. How responsibly you approach this issue depends on whether you will have fun and improve your own results. When choosing sports shoes, you must first decide what it is purchased for, since it is unlikely that it will be as comfortable to play basketball or tennis in walking shoes. It is almost impossible to choose the right sneaker size by looking only at the size tags. When you run, your foot "falls out" slightly forward by inertia and your toes rest on the toe of the shoe more than usual. Shoes that are too tight are a direct path to calluses and pain in the big toe, and too loose allows the foot to dangle, which leads to injuries to the ankle and knee, which makes it easier to tuck the leg. It is important to find a balance so that there is a small margin for the thumb, but at the same time the sneaker fits snugly for fullness. Athletic shoes for running should be lightweight, and the outsole should be ribbed and elastic. There should be about the width of your thumb between the tip of your big toe and the tip of the shoe. The toes should move freely inside the shoe - this, by the way, is the recommendation of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Your sneaker should be about half your normal size. In the part where your foot has an "arch", the shoe should be like a glove. At the same time, it should be so initially, even if you do not tighten the laces as much as possible. If the shoe is comfortable but not perfect, it may be worth taking it, but trying a different lacing method will often help improve the fit. The heel of a sneaker that dangles or, conversely, fits too tightly, can become a "killer" on a run: no one has liked calluses yet. When trying on, pull on the sneaker and try to walk: if the heel dangles, choose a smaller size. You should be comfortable from the moment you put them on.

If you think - "somehow fix your shoes", immediately refuse to buy these sneakers. Try on sneakers with socks in which you usually run: some combined with an unusual new pair can slip off, others chafe. And it's better to know about it before buying. You will never guess which socks will be offered to you in the store: perhaps they will be able to hide the flaws of sneakers. For example, high socks are caused by shoes of the wrong height and rubbing against the bone. If you wear special orthopedic insoles, take them with you to try them on: they can seriously affect what size you need. If possible, try running your shoes on the surface you usually run on to test how well they support your foot or pillow. Good running shoes vary in the type of surface they are designed for, as well as in distance, pronation, and running style - you need to find out these metrics first and then head to the store.

As much as we would like to find the perfect match in color and comfort, we should not discount the anatomical features of the foot. Therefore, before buying, it is worth knowing your pronation and choosing sneakers with appropriate support: it is better to buy something that looks “scary” than to get injured in “beautiful” sneakers later. Indirectly, pronation and supination can be judged by the imprint of the arch of a wet foot on paper: if the isthmus between the toe and heel is more than half the distance from the outer to the inner edge of the foot, then most likely you will need sneakers with an instep support and even an orthopedic consultation. You can find your pronation in many running stores, after which they will tell you how to choose the right running shoe for you. In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it.

The leg tends to change: with age, with increasing or decreasing weight, with pregnancy or injury. Do not hope that one day you will be able to remember the coveted size numbers and forget about the need for accessories forever. Always try on new sneakers: the size may differ not only for different brands, but even for different models within the same brand - some fit the sock more tightly, others, on the contrary, are very "voluminous".
When you run, the blood rushes to your legs, and therefore they swell. This may not be noticeable in a regular store fitting, but it's worth remembering: it's good if you come to the store after a hard day with swollen and tired legs - this will give an idea of what they might be like after running. So it will be easier for you to decide on the size of the paint and convenience.

Most often, women are asked to bring sneakers from the women's line, and men - from the men's (which is quite logical). But if you are a man and you have a small foot size and a narrow foot, it is likely that you will be comfortable in a woman's size. And if you are a girl, and you, on the contrary, have a wide leg, it makes sense for you to try on something from the men's line. Fortunately, now there are colors for every taste. Athletic running shoes should be lightweight and have a ribbed and elastic sole. Outside of the treadmill for walking, sneakers that have a stiff grooved sole, high laces, and a soft upper. The stiff ankle and springy toe of the sneaker make it a great fitness shoe. Each element of sports shoes requires attention when buying, so it will not be superfluous to study in detail the "anatomy" of sneakers. Upper material - a hard top will make it difficult for long-term sports in such sneakers. You should also pay attention to the mesh inserts. They prevent overheating of the foot and provide air exchange. The lacing function is to fix the foot in the shoe. High lacing will prevent the foot from slipping out during active movement, but remember that tight lacing can interfere with blood circulation, so it is important not to overdo it when tying the laces.

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