Because there are so many sneakers to choose from, it’s important that you pick the right shoe type for your foot and the activity you’ll be engaging in.
First it’s important to have your foot evaluated properly by a professional. Luckily, there are a variety of shoe stores that now offer to watch you walk to determine your gait as well as evaluate your arch in addition to standard measurements as part of their services to help you find the best shoe.
It’s also important to pick the right shoe for the “job” or the exercise you’ll be doing. For example, if you are a long distance walker or walking is your main form of cardio, you will want to use a Walking Shoe. Walking shoes offer good arch support, are lightweight and have the right amount of cushioning for a serious walker.
If you are a runner, a Running Shoe is your best bet. Running shoes are generally light weight and have built in shock absorbers to help ease the stress off your joints with each pounding movement. They are typically lightweight and provide the essential support a runner needs.
Cross Trainers are ideal for someone who participates in light impact activities like aerobic classes, walking or weight training. They are not recommended for running because they lack the support necessary to absorb major impact.
Tennis shoes are built to support side-to-side movements for racket-based sports players.
Casual sneakers are very trendy right now and fine for lounging around or a leisurely walk or shopping but should not be used while working out because they lack any real support.
The Venice Nutrition Team
*information derived from FitSugar