We’re excited to have a partnered guest post today! My daughter plays soccer, and we know that finding the right shoes is an important part of getting ready to play any sport.
Walk into any store where there are shoes for sale, and without a doubt, you will notice that the choice and selection is rather dazzling! No matter the size of your feet, what your budget is, or what activities you prefer to partake in, it is almost a foregone fact that you will be able to find something suitable for you quite easily.
But let’s talk about the actual issue at hand – what makes suitable, suitable? It’s easy to find a pair of shoes that look good, but what about the other factors, like construction of the shoe, its intended purpose, its price and the material it’s made from? Suddenly, just walking into one of the Nike shoes sales and picking up a pair doesn’t seem so easy anymore!
Making the right choice in an ocean of options
You’ve established that you need a new pair of shoes, but where the heck do you start? Do you make your initial decision based on your choice of activity, or do you start with your budget and work it back from there. It often comes down to a combination of several factors. What you like to do, such as running, walking, hiking and even dancing, will be the starting point, as you will need to narrow it down to a suitable pair for your sport. From there, you can start looking for prices and appearance factors that appeal to you. If you skip the first step, it is like saying you want to make a cake, but skipping the step where you buy the flour! Skimping on the basework can lead to regrets later on, so ensure that you do your homework before buying!
Nothing beats the disappointment of having a new pair of shoes fall apart after only a few weeks’ worth of use. Contrary to general belief, the main reason for this happening is not about the shoes being poorly made, or that inferior materials were used in producing them. In fact, the greatest reason for shoes coming apart, is the incorrect application of the shoes – in other words, using them in ways that are not included in their original design purpose.
I cannot reiterate enough that shoes should never be bought based on appearance alone! It is well worth analysing your lifestyle, your likes and dislikes, and making the selection of your new shoes based on that.
At the end of the day
You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it, so why skip the process with shoes? Even if you find the most perfect-looking pair of shoes, you are setting yourself up for major disappointment, and even injury, if you do not do your due diligence before spending your money. Far from being the fault of the shoes, injuries and alignment problems stemming from a new pair of shoes, can more often than not be traced to operator error – buying shoes that are not suitable for how they are used!