Athletic shoes – Fashion Or Functional?

Athletic shoes are worn by just about everyone in the world. Whether you are buying them for functional athletic purposes or for fashion, walk into a shoe store or search online and you will see the millions of choices to pick from.

There are some simple aspects to consider to help you choose the best shoe for your need. The first question to ask yourself while shoe shopping is, “What will i be wearing my sneakers for? ” Are you going to be running errands in them or wearing them for a night out? Or, are you using the sneakers to play a sport or workout at the gym? The purpose will help direct you to the right section of the shoe store or website.

Functional Purposes

If you are purchasing shoes for an athletic purpose, determine which sport or activity you will be doing. There are shoes for running, walking, cross training, basketball, tennis, and plenty more. The athletic shoes vary in design, style, and comfort to fit each sport or activity.

Running sneakers are built to support a forward motion with support where the balls of your feet hit the pavement. Walking shoes are the most cushioned with added flexibility to support a full heel to toe motion. Cross trainers, for aerobic or weight training activity, add in lateral support for side to side motion. And basketball or tennis shoes combine all aspects to support moving front to back, side to side, and up and down.

No matter which function, the shoes should be made of a breathable, comfortable fabric. Leather and cotton are the most common and do the job well! A rubber sole with the appropriate amount of cushion and support is important as well. And, remember to allow time for your sneakers to break in. After a few days or weeks, the proper shoe will mold to your foot for combined flexibility, comfort, and support.

Fashionable

On the other hand, if you are purchasing your shoes for casual use or fashion, you also have plenty of factors to consider and plenty of choices to make a selection from! Shoes and sneakers today are marketed to meet any style. There are brands that endorse a specific athlete or celebrity. There are brands that cater to a retro audience, a punk audience, a hip-hop audience. Whichever category you fall under, there is a sneaker to fit your taste.

Two of the top brands out there today are Nike and Converse. Nike sponsors many athletes and at times even names their shoes after that athlete. For example, Michael Jordan, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, is a top endorser of Nike. Air Jordans Shoes line consists of numerous trendy and high performance sneakers. The Jordan Retro Shoes, Jordan Sixty plus 60+, and the Jordan AJF 4 Fusion are a few options included in this line.

Converse is another brand made popular by a basketball great. Chuck Taylor began wearing the shoes and the name took off. Currently the company is owned by Nike and run outside of the US which created a few alterations to the original “Converse Chuck Taylor All Star”. The shoes can be found in a number of colors, designs, fabrics, and styles (high top, low top, slip on, etc).

Nike and Converse are just two of the many manufacturers of fashion sneakers. And in today’s society, you are bound to find a manufacturer or brand that you like. Fashion sneakers can compliment an outfit, make a statement, and allow you to express yourself. Sneakers are considered acceptable for work and play with endless versatility! When it comes to buying sneakers, know your purpose and you will be happy with your purchase!

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