Whether you’re buying new shoes to enable you to do better in your sport, a treat for doing a great workout or just a necessity as yours are broken or for any other reason. You need to buy the right ones for you and the first things you need to think about when purchasing a new pair of shoes are.

Questions to ask before you buy.

Why do you need new shoes?
We’re your old ones not long lasting? Are you treating yourself (keep to a budget), Are your old ones not practical any more?
Where will you be using them?
Indoors, outdoors; grass or concrete.

How will you be using them?
For yoga, running on pavements, cross country running, casual wear, sporting activities.

What previous sports shoes have you bought? 
Ask questions about them, why did you buy that brand, How did they affect the sport you were playing? Were they too heavy, not water proof, not enough support?

All of these questions play a key part in the effectiveness in the shoe that you buy, for instance, someone who does yoga will want a fully flexible lightweight breathable shoe.When wearing the correct shoe you’ll be engaging the right muscle groups and straightening the posture.
I’ve given some sporting examples to help guide you through your buying process..

After asking these questions, you can then search for the brands of shoes you’d like and once you’ve found your brand all you need to know is the terminology for the shoes you want to find!

Terminology for finding your shoes.


Blown PU: Used in the outsole; PU foam impregnated with air for lightness, flexibility and cushioning. More durable than blown rubber, with no sacrifice in traction.
Training: A training shoe is perfect for gym’s and indoor wear, they’re designed for core stability and are lightweight and breathable.
Blown rubber: Foamed rubber (rubber with intrinsic air cells) to reduce weight; used as lightweight outsole material.

Lightweight/’Bare foot feels’: For light fabric and weight of the shoe. These shoes are perfect for jogging, indoor activities and long distance runs)

Bounce-back: The impact level when running. These shoes are perfect for cross country and heavy use shoes. Cross country and rock climbing.

Cushioning: The act of absorbing energy when the foot strikes the ground, by decelerating the foot over the distance the midsole compresses.

Durable: Normally found in heavier shoes, These shoes are designed to be long lasting and cushioning for the foot and joints.

Breathable: Perfect for every shoe, they help keep the feel cool and stop muscles from cramping.

Flexible: Pretty much all shoes need to be flexible to do anything, the more flexible the better for your activities, such as yoga, hiking,


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