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Picking the Right Shoes for the Right Sport

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Aabiya Noman Baqai

Writer and Editor at Destination Jeddah

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

Walking:

  • Lightweight

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

  • A slightly rounded sole or rocker bottom

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Running/Jogging

  • Lightweight

  • Sufficient cushioning to absorb maximum shock

  • Good heel control

  • Upper mesh to keep feet cool

  • Grip for single directional movement

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Hiking:

  • 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

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Aerobics/Exercising (Similar to running):

  • Lightweight to prevent foot exhaustion

  • Extra shock absorption in the sole.

  • Work out on a carpet flooring

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Football:

  • 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.

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Tennis/Other Racquet Sports:

Outdoor:

      • 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

Basketball:

            • 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

Golf:

            • 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

Hockey:

            • Stable and durable to offer protection from the hard ball

            • A grip that is suitable for artificial grass

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Photo Credit: hfssport.com

Resources:

http://www.sporting-feet.com/content/how-choose-sports-shoe
http://www.livestrong.com/article/345103-about-different-types-of-soles-for-sport-shoes

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