Do you want to spend on health or sickness? Then invest on your shoes to ensure health. Don’t hesitate to buy quality shoes because it prevents aches and pains. Shoes play a major role during training. Like shock absorbers of vehicles, shoes are the shock absorbers of the body.
Checklist for selecting proper quality shoes:
1. The shoe should weigh light. Lift the shoe with index finger and feel the weight and it has to be light.
2. The shoe should be neither too flexible nor too tight. Remember the 5 pound rule: If one takes a shoe and presses it against the weighing machine, it has to bend only in the forefeet area on an average pressure of around 2.5 kg or 5 pounds. Most of the times, the salesperson in the showroom will fold the shoe completely saying that it is the ideal shoe to buy. Actually, it is not possible to bend the foot completely in two folds, so it is not ideal to buy the shoes which can be bent in two folds.
3. The heel part of the shoes, which is called the heel counter, has to be solid. Only if it is solid, it will keep the heel in neutral position. Just above the heel counter, there should be a soft pad which protects the larger tendon behind the ankle.
4. There are straight, semi-curved and curved shoes available. A person having straight feet or flat feet needs to go for straight or semi-curved shoes. Persons with curved feet or high arch need to go for curved shoes.
5. With advancement in technology, better shoes having extra support with extra cushioning effect and also added air pillars are available in the market. One such technology is called DMX technology. Obviously, these shoes are a little more expensive, but very comfortable.
6. Check the mid-sole of the shoe, the main part, which gives shock absorption quality to the shoe. It is the middle soft portion between the bottom layer and the inner side of the shoe. Make sure that the mid-sole is neither too soft nor too hard.
7. Make sure that the shoe has not only up and down mobility, but also side to side mobility when one moves with the hand.
8. Always buy shoes with broader front part, the forefoot.
9. Ensure that the ankle part of the shoe is broad and high so that stability will be better.
10. After wearing the shoes, ensure that there is at least one or two finger breadth gap between the shoe and the toes, and that one should be able to insert the finger in the back.
11. Always wear the shoes in both the feet, and walk up and down for at least few minutes. Even jog or jump inside the showroom to make sure the shoes are comfortable. Remember to buy the shoes always towards end of the day since your feet will develop dependent oedema due to gravity.