You can find the right tennis shoes for your aching feet and legs. Your feet carry you through your day. No matter if you're walking, working on your feet, lifting heavy loads, or playing a mean game of tennis, your feet take a beating. Cushion and comfort your tootsies with just the right shoe for you. There are a few things to remember when shopping for just the right tennis shoe.
- Your tennis shoe should be somewhat flexible. Can you bend it easily in the middle? It should flex without much pressure. This flexibility can help it move with your feet, and feel light, so that it doesn't weigh you down.
- There needs to be a thumb's width of room at the end of your big toe. Your toes need room to wiggle around as you flex your foot and bear down with your full weight.
- If you have fallen arches, you may need an insole insert. Fallen arches are common enough, but living with the pain shouldn't be an option. Put good insoles in your tennis shoes to help support your arch.
- Pay attention to the time of day you are trying on shoes. Your feet naturally swell at the end of the day. If you are trying on shoes in the morning, they could be snug by evening. You could either delay your shopping until the evening, or buy one half size up from the one that fits in the morning.
- Size it up. Take your measurements to be completely accurate and try on every pair before buying. Sizes vary between styles and brands, so never assume you are the same size in a different tennis shoe.
- Knock their socks off. Well, not really, just the opposite is true! Keep your socks on, for a better fit when trying on new tennis shoes.
- Choose a shoe with good shocks. A solid tennis shoe should help absorb the shock as you move throughout the day. Look for a sole with shock absorption action in the heel and mid foot region.
- Air it out. Your shoe needs to breathe. Those with built-in mesh to let the air circulate can help reduce the likelihood of acquiring athletes feet and blisters.
- Get a grip. Check to see if the tennis shoe has good traction. Shoes that have grooved rubber soles are less likely to slip.
- Don't be a heel. Don't be a heel about good size, that is. The heel should not be too snug, but just loose enough for a slight amount of slipping. Too much room there and there won't be enough stability, too little room and you could get blisters.
With these guidelines, it is easy to pick out the best tennis shoes for those with tired, achy feet and legs.