[Aminee Alexander is a Masters Student at NCSU and an Athletic Development Intern at Athletic Lab]
You’re about to start a new exercise program, a new sports season, or you’ve just worn out your favorite pair of running shoes. It’s time for new shoes! Shoe shopping is usually an exciting adventure for most. You get to try on and check out new styles and designs from all your favorite shoe companies. This also presents a big dilemma because there is such a wide array of athletic shoes to choose from. You may find yourself asking questions like; Do I choose the most expensive or well-known brand? Do I experiment with a new brand to see if they can compete? Will these shoes provide me with the comfort and protection I need in a shoe? Or, if you’re like me, you buy your athletic shoes based on how they look and pay no attention to cost or function. I’ve actually bought shoes a half-size smaller just because I liked their appearance even though my size wasn’t available. Needless to say, my feet were NOT happy. I know I’m not the only one who makes shoe purchasing decisions this way. A study on factors determining athletic footwear design suggested to young buyers that “ although the appearance is among the most important factors in making decision to purchase, athletic shoes, however, should be chosen by taking their functions into account for their suitability with particular types of sport”(Promjun et al., 2012). Basically, their advice is to buy shoes because they will be able to handle the wear and tear of whatever athletic activity you’ll be partaking in and not just because you think they look good.
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Athletic Lab is the premier Sport Performance and Fitness Training center in North Carolina. Located in Cary, in the heart of the Triangle, we offer a variety of services including Sport Performance training for developmental to elite athletes, and Performance Fitness training including Cary CrossFit.