Picking the Right Shoes for the Right Sport

Aabiya Noman Baqai

Writer and Editor at Destination Jeddah


There are different categories of athletic shoes for optimum performance and they are as follows:


  • Lightweight

  • Extra shock absorption in the heel (specifically in the ball of the foot)

  • A slightly rounded sole or rocker bottom



  • Lightweight

  • Sufficient cushioning to absorb maximum shock

  • Good heel control

  • Upper mesh to keep feet cool

  • Grip for single directional movement



  • Sturdy and inflexible rubber soles

  • Maximum shock absorption

  • Very deep lugs for the most traction or shallow/widely spaced lugs for less grip.

  • Raised heel sole (heel break) to reduce chances of sliding


Aerobics/Exercising (Similar to running):

  • Lightweight to prevent foot exhaustion

  • Extra shock absorption in the sole.

  • Work out on a carpet flooring



  • Cleated, studded, bladed, or spiked outsoles

  • A sports insole for further cushioning and support if needed

  • Molded studs for hard ground and screw-in studs for soft ground for traction and movement.


Tennis/Other Racquet Sports:


      • Mid-foot and ankle support

      • Slightly light shock absorption

      • Flexibility in the sole

      • Good grip for multi-directional movements

      • Low profile

      • Cushioning in both front and back

      • Made of durable rubber

Indoor: (Same as above, but..)

      • Made of gum rubber

      • Lighter

      • More mesh on the upper part

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Photo Credit: sneakerdoctor.com


            • Moderately flat rubber soles that are wider with a herringbone pattern etched in to improve stability and traction for quick pivots, starts and stops. Thinner rubber for indoor and thicker for outdoors.

            • A high-top shoe for extra support

            • Maximum shock absorption

            • Moderate flexibility


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Photo Credit: getpickshoes.com


            • Less shock absorption

            • Less flexibility.

            • Spikes:

              • Metal spikes (removable) to improve stability and traction on wet, irregular land.

              • Soft spikes (detachable) for moderate traction

              • Spike-less (non-detachable) with built-in rubber nubs on the shoe soles for more traction than regular street shoes.

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Photo Credit: overstock.com


            • Stable and durable to offer protection from the hard ball

            • A grip that is suitable for artificial grass

Photo Credit: hfssport.com

Photo Credit: hfssport.com



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