A good pair of shoes will provide shock absorption, cushioning, motion control and durability. The proper shoes will help correct biomechanical problems, such as foot pronation (inward roll of your ankle) and arch height, which can lead to pain or injury of the lower leg and knees. Specialty stores, magazines, and web sites have a lot of information about the latest footwear and what footwear is best for you based on your foot type.

Tips for Buying Shoes

  • Know your foot type; i.e., pronation and arch (normal or high arch, or flat-footed).
  • You should have a thumb's width between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.
  • Replace shoes every 300 to 500 miles. Wearing worn-out shoes can eventually lead to injuries.
  • Try on shoes towards the end of the day while wearing athletic socks and any inserts you use while exercising. Feet are smallest first thing in the morning and swell slightly as the day progresses. The shoe should hold your heel firmly in place.
  • Do not buy shoes based on their brand name. Try on several different shoes to determine which one might be best for you, for the type of exercise you perform. Consider going to a specialty shoe store where a knowledgeable salesperson can evaluate your gait and foot type and recommend a shoe.

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