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How to choose the right trainer shoe for you


With over a hundred athletic training shoe brands on the market, how do you know which one is right for you?


When faced with decision fatigue, you can rest assured that the technology and tested data that goes into sport training shoes these days is quite phenomenal!

Trainer shoes are designed to help you boost your speed, correct your form and enhance overall performance.

At the end of the day, choosing a shoe comes down to your personal preference of brand based on how they make you feel when you’re wearing them, and if they meet your training needs for your relevant sporting activity.

Here are a few tips to help you before buying a trainer shoe

If you have to ‘break-in’ a shoe, it’s not the right trainer for you!

This is the golden standard across the board with ANY type of shoe that you try on.

If it feels a little tight or rubbing slightly here and there, it doesn’t fit your foot properly. A shoe should feel comfortable from the moment you put it on.

There should never be a ‘break-in’ period.

Once you’ve tried on a pair and they feel good, take a walk around the store, move about to make sure they feel good in action.

Choose the correct shoe for your sport, no multitasking…

Shoes are designed to meet the needs of whichever activity you are participating in.

If you’re an avid walker, stick to walking shoes as they are more firm. Running shoes have more flexibility with extra cushioning technology to endure greater impact.

If you happen to do multiple sports and activities, have separate pairs of shoes for each activity.

Purchasing athletic shoes from a specialty store will ensure you get the right type of shoe needed for your sport and the staff will help you with proper fitting.

Get your feet measured for the correct size shoe

As much as this seems obvious and you think you know your size…believe it or not, adult feet can still change in size and shape.

Monitoring this on a yearly basis is essential, especially when buying new shoes.

Try on trainer shoes at the end of the day

Try on new shoes at the end of the day or once you’ve been for a workout.

Your feet will be at their largest and the shoes you try on should still feel comfortable with all that extra tissue expansion.

Know your foot type

Each person’s feet are unique, however, you will generally fall into one of 3 categories of foot types.

The flat foot, the neutral/normal foot and the high-arched foot.

Depending on the type of foot you have will help you determine how much stability and motion control you need from a trainer shoe.

A simple wet test can tell you if you have flat or high arches, helping you to choose the right pair of athletic shoes.   Take the Wet Test: Learn Your Foot Type

Know your foot type when buying athletic shoes.

Take the socks you normally wear with you

Socks take up space in your shoes too.

Wear the same type of sock you normally wear for your sport, especially if they are thicker.

Toe freedom is essential

Your shoes should have a WIDE and DEEP toebox.

This will give your toes the space they need to move freely and prevent corns, callous, ingrowing nails and loss of toenails from occurring.

Use the thumb rule once you have tried on a new shoe. There should always been at least a thumb’s width gap between your longest toe (1st or 2nd) and the end of the shoe.

Jamming your toes into a shoe will greatly increase your risk of injury and unwanted foot complications.

Problems caused from wearing the wrong shoes

A large percentage of the adult population are wearing the incorrect shoe for their sporting activity.

This can have detrimental effects on your health and may cause;

If you’re unsure, seek advice from your podiatrist to help you make the right choices in footwear and if you experience problems that are biomechanical in nature, a podiatrist can assess your gait and determine a treatment plan to help you.

Founder of and Podiatrist and Chief Foot Health Inspiration Officer (CFHIO). Travel and yoga are just a few of my passions.