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You, as an athlete, are aware of the importance the right footwear. Sure there are certain sports that will not require a traditional shoe, or even shoes at all. We know that swimmers aren’t diving into the pool in their favorite running shoes, however for many of us, the importance of the right footwear cannot be overlooked. At Athletic Republic in Toledo we want our athletes to be absolutely prepared when they enter the court, field, or track. It is with this in mind that we would like to offer EIGHT tips in selecting the right shoe for your sport!

- It is advisable to purchase shoes from a specialty store. The employees there should know more about what you need the shoe for and might even be able to help you find some best for your sport and your particular feet-as you know, if you are flat footed what works for you is not going to be the same as what works for someone with a high arch.

- Since you’ll be using these shoes in your sport right away, as that is what you’re purchasing them for, they should be comfortable right when you put them on. Don’t allow for a “break in period” for athletic shoes.

- Your feet are the biggest at the end of the day, after you’ve been on them for some time, especially after a workout. This is the perfect time to go shoe shopping, as your feet will not get any bigger and the shoes will be at their tightest.

- Remember to wear the type of socks you’ll be wearing while playing your sport. The thickness of the socks will change the feel of the shoes.

- If you can’t wiggle your toes, the shoes are too small.

- Your heel should not be slipping in the shoe, if it does, the shoe does not fit. You know what you need in order to play the sport well, and that is a well fitting shoe.

- If the shoes aren’t laced how you would lace them, re-lace them. If you are going to invest money in these very important pieces of your equipment, you need to be sure.

- If you participate in a sport often, or are on a team or in a league, you need sport specific shoes. Do not make your shoes multitask. Use them for their intended purpose and they will be used well.

The importance of the right shoes, can truly not be overstated. At Athletic Republic we want you to be the absolute best at your sport, and finding the right shoes is a great place to start. If you are ready to take the next step, contact us for your athletic assessment, 419-882-066. Get ready to begin an amazing journey.