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Every activity creates the need for the right kind of footwear

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Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2005 7:45 am | Updated: 7:50 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

With such a wide selection on store walls, finding the right pair of athletic shoes might seem a daunting task. There are some ways to choose the right shoe, though.

- Consider buying one size larger than usual to compensate for socks and feet swelling from increased blood flow after activity. Something too big, though, can create blisters due to too much movement. You should be able to put a thumbnail’s length between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.

- Go for function over fashion. Just because those hot pink crosstrainers look good doesn’t mean they’ll be appropriate for street basketball.

- And take your time when buying athletic shoes. Get advice from a knowledgeable employee of the store who can measure your foot accurately and point you in the right direction.

Shopping for shoes for a particular sport? J.T. Tower, manager at Big 5 Sporting Goods in Tempe, and Jeremy Hendricks, manager at Performance Footwear in Tempe, discuss the specific features of the best models.

Shoe time Want something even more specific to your style? Performance Footwear, which specializes in running shoes, analyzes each runner’s foot strikes to determine which shoe is best for each customer. The customer is videotaped walking or running on a treadmill (for less than a minute) to determine how his feet land on the ground during each foot-strike. After the assessment, a shoe specializing in cushion, stability or motion control is recommended.

Information: (480) 829-7473.

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