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With an almost unlimited number of features, styles and constructions, the world of men's shoes can seem very confusing. If you choose the wrong pair of athletic shoes, the results can range from minor discomfort to major damage. However, the basics of selecting the right pair of shoes transcend individual sports. Here are some tips from the experts on how to select the best men's shoes.
Focus on One Activity – When searching for a pair of athletic shoes for a specific sport, focus on that sport only. For example, men's boots for cold weather hunting are dramatically different from the knee boots commonly used for fishing. Both types will keep your feet dry, but heavily insulated men's boots will make warm weather use almost impossible. Therefore, you should focus on the activity your shoes are intended for.
Understand Your Feet – Everyone's feet are different, often making the selection of something like men's cleats difficult. Knowing the personal quirks and the characteristics of your feet will make your shopping experience for men's shoes go much more smoothly.
Know your Size – Despite what many may believe, foot size can change over time, so before starting your search for the perfect pair of men's boots or running shoes, make sure you know what size you are. Visit DICK'S Sporting Goods' buying guides for more tips on how to correctly measure your feet. Because your feet swell over the course of the day, you should measure your feet toward the end of the day to get the most accurate measurement. In addition, size can vary by manufacturer, and a size 10 men's cleat from Saucony may vary significantly from a similar adidas product. DICK'S Sporting Goods offers sizing charts by brand to help you find the perfect fit.
Wear Your Own Socks and Orthotics – The first time you try your shoes on, make sure that you try them on with the socks you anticipate wearing during regular use. In addition, if you typically wear orthotic devices, like arch supports, have them ready too. If you just received your new men's cleats, try them on with your game gear, such as socks, shin guards or insoles, to ensure the shoe fits well when wearing all components together.
Make Sure They Are Comfortable Now – Your new shoes should be comfortable the first time you try them on, and it's important to understand the basic sizing guidelines for men's shoes for use in sports. Typically there should about 3/8-1/2 inch between the big toe and the end of the shoe. In addition, the shoes should be snug without experiencing any slippage. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons states that when fitting athletic shoes you should be able to freely wiggle all of your toes when the shoe is on.
Know When to Replace Your Shoes – The average pair of men's running shoes will last for approximately 250 – 500 miles. Generally, when you sense that the shoe is less comfortable or supportive, it is likely that replacement is necessary.