Tips for Choosing Athletic Shoes

Choosing the optimal athletic shoe is essential, but can feel overwhelming. Even the most decisive shoppers can experience this. It can be daunting to try to choose between the myriad options. Which brand is best? What type of arch do you have? Do you over-pronate? Most important, how do you know when you’ve found the right fit?

Unfortunately, an ill-fitting shoe can be a recipe for a lost match. Causing foot and leg pain, and even severe injury. On the other hand, a properly fitting shoe enhances your game, and protects your feet from injury. Here are our tips for choosing athletic shoes.

Most of us lead busy lives and want to spend our free time playing—not shopping for shoes. These tips will help you narrow down your list of options. The best way to ensure an excellent fit, is to come to Wayne Sporting Goods and put our experts to work for you!

How Should an Athletic Shoe Fit?


Everyone’s feet are different, so it is important to find a shoe that fits your particular foot shape and size. The three main parts of your foot: the toes, midfoot, and heel. All need to be taken into consideration when choosing a well-functioning and properly fitting athletic shoe.

  • Toes: There should be ample room in the toe box for your toes to wiggle comfortably. Your longest toe should not touch the inside of the shoe when you are walking, running, or at rest.
  • Midfoot: Your midfoot should feel stable and secure in the shoe. A loose or tight midfoot indicates a poor fit and can cause a host of problems down the road.
  • Heel: Though the toes need a bit of extra room to move in an athletic shoe, this is not true for the heels. Your heels should never slip but should stay firmly in place when you walk, run, and jump.

What Size Should I Buy?


A shoe should fit properly at the time of purchase. Don’t expect that once you “break in” your shoes, the fit will improve. If a shoe is uncomfortable when you first try it on, it’s because it doesn’t fit. Your shoe size may shift over time. So, it is imperative that you have your feet measured before buying a new pair of athletic shoes. Additionally, if one foot is larger than the other, you will need to accommodate the larger foot. Many shoe brands are sized differently. Thus the size number is not as important as how the shoes feel on your feet. Also, the way your shoe is laced can affect the fit of the shoe.

At Wayne Sporting Goods, a fit expert will watch you walk and run in your shoes. We ensure the shoes are laced properly, and give you the feedback you need to determine the right shoe for you. Surprisingly, the best time to shop for shoes is later in the day. Because your feet expand and change throughout the day to accommodate daily activity. Your fit will be most accurate at the end of the day.

What Type of Shoe is Best for My Sport or Activity?


Depending on your sport or activity, the shoe you choose can enhance your performance. Whether you are trail running, working out in the gym, shooting hoops, or playing tennis, you will want athletic shoes that fit and help you to perform at your best. Certain sports require more cushioning, support, or stability, while others require a more flexible shoe. At Wayne Sporting Goods, our team of fit experts understand the nuances of each sport and activity and can help you narrow down the vast options to the shoes that will work for you, not against you.

What About Foot and Leg Pain?

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Foot and leg pain can be indicative of poorly fitting shoes. But it can also be caused by medical conditions such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, gout, or warts. It is essential to see a primary care doctor or a podiatrist if you are experiencing foot or leg pain. It is best to have your feet examined by a doctor in order to rule out any medical reasons. If medical conditions are ruled out as the reason for your discomfort, it is possible that poorly fitting shoes could be the cause. At Wayne Sporting Goods, our fit experts are trained to assist customers in finding shoes that feel good and fit right.

Wayne Sporting Goods Has You Covered

Why deal with ordering multiple pairs of athletic shoes—and shipping back the ones you don’t want—when you could find the perfect pair Wayne Sporting Goods? We pride ourselves in achieving the best possible fit for each of our customers. Choosing an athletic shoe online is a trap that many athletes fall into in trying to get the best deal. These well-meaning shoppers miss out on finding the shoe that will give them the edge they’ve been looking for. Our fit experts have done their homework, so you don’t have to! We have a broad selection of athletic shoes to choose from, and our team of experts will help you narrow down your choices to ensure you find the ideal fit. Come on over to Wayne Sporting Goods today, your favorite local sporting goods store for over 65 years!

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