Thursday, November 6, 2008

Sneaker Shopping Secrets

Whether it's for the gym, to run errands, or just simply because they're comfortable, chances are you have at least one pair of kicks.

The average person can spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on sneakers in their lifetime. But you can save money simply by hitting the clearance section at your favorite shoe store. You can also find some good deals at discount stores like T.J. Maxx or Marshalls.

Shoe experts say, the ultimate trick to saving money on sneakers is shopping wisely. They advise buying a pair that's specifically designed for what you need it for (walking, running, etc.). The right pair should last longer and you won't need to buy sneakers as often.

You can choose your next pair of sneakers based on looks, but to prevent injuries, rely on other features -- like good support. Here's what Ayne Furman, a marathon runner and podiatrist, looks for:

Lace them up. Skip styles with laces that start right behind the toes. They squeeze the forefoot. Better: laces that start behind the widest part of the foot.

Read labels. Fit and feel are the best gauge, but knowing the basic shoe types can help: motion control (sturdy arch to prevent inward foot rolling, best for big runners), stability (firm arch, fine for most people),and neutral cushioning (flexible arch for shock absorption, best for high arches).

Pay less. Don't pay more than $85 unless you want cool features or have special needs.

Test-drive them. Shop late in the day, when feet are at their biggest. But don't just stand there: On a noncarpeted surface, walk, run or jump to judge shock absorption.


  1. Nice tips. I always have trouble because I need to be able to take the insoles out and replace them with wide custom insoles.

    I think the tip about trying on shoes after a long day is particularly wise.

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