Picking the Right (and left) Shoe:
When you are searching for new shoes, whether or not they are athletic shoes or casual shoes, there are some important guidelines to follow regardless of your individual foot type.
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Get Measured Properly:
When was the last time your feet were professionally measured when purchasing shoes? Having the right measurements is one of the key steps in getting proper shoes for your body.
But there is more to being measured than just your shoe length and width. The experts at Kintec Footlabs also take into account your foot volume (girth), and how all factors play into your entire body. Your entire body weight has as much influence on the type of shoe that you should wear as much as the other factors.
The Human Kinetic specialists at Kintec Footlabs take the time to ensure that all of these factors are taken into account when recommending the best shoe for your body. It's a key step in the right direction towards injury prevention.
Stiff Heel Counter:
The Heel Counter is the part of the upper shoe that wraps around the heel. Squeeze the two sides of the shoe together.
The shoe should be fairly rigid and the two sides should not be able to touch. A shoe that squishes together and is too soft will not provide enough control for your foot.
Strong Shank: Torsion Test:
The shank is the part of the shoe that connects the heel area of the shoe to the toe of the shoe.
Hold the shoe at the hindfoot with one hand, and the forefoot with the other hand. Try to twist it out in opposite directions like a dish-towel.
The shoe should twist only slightly. A shoe that collapses and bends too far will also collapse around your foot.
Forefoot Rocker & Flex Point:
When looking for shoes for walking or running, look for ones with a good built-in forefoot rocker. Press down on the toe of the shoe. The heel should lift off the ground. The higher the lift, the better, as this aids the foot in propelling the body forward with a minimum amount of stress to the foot
Typically cross trainers do not possess a good forefoot rocker. The flex point of the shoe also needs to be in the correct area. If not, serious foot injury can result. Shoes should flex at the ball of the foot, not the middle of the foot.