How to Choose the Proper Sports Shoes

The right pair of shoes is essential to your performance. On mountainous terrain, you need shoes that can grip easily without slipping. They also need to protect your feet and ankles from twisting.

On the field, some sports need more traction than others. Shoes with spikes like cleats help you to dig into the ground when you are playing sports like baseball and football. Cleats can be sharp or blunted but with just enough dig to do the job.

Here are a few examples of sports shoes and their uses.

* Tennis shoes – These are the shoes we all used to wear for gym class. They have a classic flat rubber sole with a cloth or leather upper. Tennis shoes are now good for everyday activities. And like the name says, they function well when playing tennis.

* Aerobic shoes – When you are jumping to the beat, in spin class or doing step aerobics, you need a shoe that will keep up with you. Good arch support is a must when you are moving around like that. Shock absorbing material in the heels protects your knees from too much jarring when you jump.

* Hiking boots – These are specialized sports shoes. These shoes have high tops to protect your ankles from the rough environment. Your shoes have deep tread to grip rocks, ledges, trees and the like depending on what you are scaling.

* Running shoes – There are tons of these on the market today. Depending on what you need, you may look for a thicker sole, extra arch support, shoe material that lets your foot breathe, and shock absorbers that make you feel like you are running on a cloud.

Whatever athletic shoe you choose, use it for that reason only if you want to get the most out of it. Wearing your hiking shoes as everyday shoes when not hiking can whittle down the sole. Wearing your cleats would obviously not do when running or in the aerobic studio. Keep each pair of shoes unique to its sport so they are in great condition the next time that you need them.

Choosing the right sports shoe is important to your performance. Decide what type of shoe you are looking for and seek out models with the same attributes.