Is there such thing as the perfect pair of athletic shoes? There can be – if you know what to look for.
Many exercise-related injuries and pain result directly from the wrong pair of shoes – after all, like a bra or a pair of glasses, your sneakers need to fit your exact measurements and specifications. So simply snapping up a pair of sneakers because they are on sale is not always the best approach. Instead, use this guide to figure out exactly what your feet need in terms of running shoes to endure exercise pain-free.
Try on this shoe: The adidas Supernova Control 9, offers a nice blend of cushioning and reinforced stability via adidas' Torsion System, which focuses on midfoot arch protection.
Try on this shoe: The Saucony Progrid 5 Triumph Cushion Running Shoe has a heel that absorbs impact, dissipates shock and sets the foot up for a smooth transition with every step.
Try on this shoe: The environmentally-friendly New Balance Women's WT874 Tennis Shoe features a memory-foam sockliner and an inner lacing system that help locks your foot in place. As a nod to the eco-conscious, the upper overlays and mesh are made with 30 percent recycled material.
Regardless of your pace, running-specific shoes – as opposed to those billed for walkers or cross-trainers – will provide you with the cushion and support you need when pounding the
pavement, trail or treadmill. They are made to last and have the best shock absorption on the market.
So when it is time to get in your miles, do your joints and muscles a favor and lace up your running shoes – and leave the cross-trainers at home.
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