If the Sneakers Fit… Exercise
Consumers are facing so many options in sneakers and fitness shoes that choosing
sneakers can be complicated and confusing. Sneakers are designed for specific activities such
as running, basketball, tennis, and aerobics. A good alternative for fitness is a multi-purpose
sneaker such as a cross trainer.
Sneakers are designed to support your feet during activity, provide traction, and protect
your feet from injury. Regardless of the type of sneaker you choose, good fit of sneakers is
critical. Ill-fitting sneakers can cause discomfort or blisters, or with long term use, bunions,
calluses, corns, and hammertoes.
To ensure that your sneakers will fit properly, shop at the end of the day. Your feet are
generally swollen from activity at this time and are the largest this part of the day. Have both of
your feet measured regularly since your feet may change in size as you grow older. A person
may have different sized feet. Sneakers should be sized to the larger foot. Have your feet
measured while standing since your feet will expand with weightbearing.
When fitting sneakers, wear the socks you will normally wear with your sneakers. Try on
both sneakers. Stand to make sure there is adequate space (1/2” or the width of your index
finger) between your longest toe and the end of each sneaker. You should be able to wiggle
your toes in the toe box.
Be sure the ball of your foot, the widest part, fits comfortably into the widest part of the
sneaker. Walk or run in the sneakers to make sure it they are comfortable. The heel should
have minimal slippage. Make sure your heel does not ride up and down when you walk.
Try several brands and models of sneakers. They will all fit differently and have different
comfort characteristics. Your sneakers should feel good the day you buy them. Do not rely on
a break-in period. Do not purchase sneakers that are not comfortable immediately.
Opt for sneakers that are appropriate for your activity of choice. Each has its own
features for comfort and support to prevent injury. Remember, a good multi-purpose sneaker
such as a cross trainer is recommended for your fitness program. Sneakers that fit properly
help you stay active and do the things you enjoy. Don your new sneakers and workout in the
privacy of your own home with Sisters in Sneakers. With variety of exercises including
flexibility, strengthening, and cardiovascular exercises, nutritional information, motivations, and
a fitness partner, Sisters in Sneakers is one of the most unique home fitness products on the
Article by Linda Schnable, Sisters in Sneakers