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With an almost unlimited number of features, styles and constructions, the world of men’s shoes can seem very confusing. Furthermore if you choose the wrong pair of athletic shoes, the results can range from minor discomfort to major damage. Thankfully the basics of selecting the right pair of shoes transcend individual sports. Here are some tips from the experts on selecting men’s shoes.
Focus on One Activity - When searching for a pair of shoes for a specific sport, focus on that sport only. For example, men’s boots for cold weather hunting are dramatically different than the knee boots commonly used for fishing. Certainly both types will keep your feet dry, but heavily insulated men’s boots will make warm weather use almost impossible. Therefore focus on the activity for which the shoes are intended.
Understand Your Feet - We all have elements common to our feet, but everyone’s feet are different often making the selection of something like men’s cleats difficult. Knowing your personal quirks and the characteristics of your feet will make your shopping experience for men’s shoes go much more smoothly. Visit our full buying guide for tips on how to better understand the type of feet you have.
Regularly Measure Your Feet - 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 that you have your feet measured. In addition, size can vary by manufacturer, so size 10 men’s cleats from Saucony may be significantly from a similar Adidas product. A good rule of thumb is to have your feet measured twice per year.
Shop at the End of the Day - Our feet swell over the course of the day, so it makes sense to shop for men’s shoes toward the end of the day. This is particularly important when size is particularly important, like men’s boots for hiking or running shoes.
Supply Your Own Socks and Orthotics - To best evaluate the size of any pair of shoes; 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. Therefore when evaluating men’s cleats, take your game socks, as well as related gear like shin protectors and insoles (if any) to make sure the shoe fits well when wearing all components together.
Make Sure They Are Comfortable Now - When men are trying on shoes they should be comfortable right away. The necessity of a break-in period is a myth and you should be feel comfortable when walking through the store in the new shoes or boots.
Sizing Guidelines - Understand the basic sizing guidelines for trying on 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. Furthermore, 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.