Hello guyz,

Namaste!

So, as promised by me in the previous blog, im putting up this post on what type of shoes one can opt for differnt type of activity level, though its little late. Apologies from my side guys to keep you waiting for such long.

Below here are few facts i would like to share with you all guys. first of all…

To choose the shoes correctly one must be aware about their activities and try to select the shoes accordingly.

  • Know your activities: different type of activities like running, cycling, weight lifting, field and court sport, hiking etc.

Running: 

Running shoes, can be divided into two

  • Road running shoes
  • Trail running shoes
  • Road running shoes:

Usually choose shoes that are light and flexible so it gives cushioning and provide stabilization to the feet.

These types of shoes are best for the use on pavements and on the surfaces with slight irregularities.

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  • Trail running shoes:

This type of shoes comes with aggressive outsoles to provide solid traction.

And so, it offers stability, support and underfoot protection.

It is best known for the use on off-road routes.

Below are the several options to opt for while going for a run.

Barefoot: It allows more natural foot strike by forcing runner to land on the ball of the foot. It has been known to help avoid injury by lessoning impact peaks and developing foot strength, but remains very controversial.

Stability shoe: Key feature of it is that, it decrease overpronation and it is one of the most popular type shoe.

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Motion control shoe: It is best for runners with low arches or severe overpronation as it has stiffer heel and so, it gives more support in the arch. It is also known to be good for people who go on training runs with different types of arches and foot strikes.

Cushion shoe: It provides shock absorption and minimal arch side support. It is good for a person who mildly pronates.

Trail shoe: It comes with outsoles and treads patterns which provide extra stability. Feet also stay protected from rocks and roots through stiff sole, so very good for off road or trail running.

Racing flats: It creates shorter contact time on the ground and gives very small or no heel lifts, and is also very lightweight. These are good for experienced runners who are racing shorter distance.racing flatsMinimal sole shoe: Has little to no arch support which helps runners strike midfoot, allowing the foot to move naturally while still providing protection. Good for people who are transitioning into barefoot running.

minimal soleCycling

Few options to choose for while cycling.

Hybrid cycling: They look just like sandals and it comes with soles that are compatible with clipless pedal systems. Good for casual short rides and for beginner cyclists.hybrid cycling

Light hiking shoe: Is good for a casual ride less than 5 miles, a cycling specific shoe is not required and one should choose something that is comfortable and cushions the foot.

Road cycling: It is structured with light weight and very stiff soles to make powerful pedaling easier. It does not provide traction as they are not structured for walking. Good for more experienced cyclists who are road racing.road cyclingMountain biking: It has moderately stiff sole for pedaling and provides traction for walking on trails. Good for biking off the beaten path.mountain bikingSpinning: It has hard soles which allow the feet to stay securely on the pedals, which are durable and breathable also. It transforms minimal strain to the balls of the feet. Good for indoor cycling/spinning.spinning shoesWeight lifting

Several options to choose for while weightlifting.

Barefoot: Some people feel comfortable to go barefoot in the gym to strengthen muscles and stabilize the body. Good for those who prefer doing bodyweight exercise without shoes and can safely add weight.

Minimal sole: Roughly the same benefits as going barefoot without the sanitation issues.minimal soleChuck taylors: It has flat sole and sturdy side construction, it provides extra ankle support as it has high top style.chuck tylors

Slippers: Thin, usually with a rubber or leather sole. Less slippery than socks. Good for power and dead lifters. slippersIndoor soccer shoe: Best to use extremely flat with flexible rubber outsoles to provide traction.indoor soccerOlympic weightlifting: To achieve a deeper squat while maintaining perfect posture like keeping the chest up and hips forward during lifts, have a raised heel in the shoes.

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Field and court sport

Best options to choose for are:

Cleats: metal or plastic spikes on the bottom to provide traction and allow for fast acceleration, stopping, cuts and turns.cleats

Metal: Best used for baseball and golf type of field sports to dig into the dirt or grass.

Plastic: It is most commonly used in football and soccer type of sports, on most surfaces without wearing down the spike. Good for field sports.

Hybrid field sport: Choose shoes with interchangeable cleats that allow for versatile adjustments to changing grass or lawn conditions. Good for sports played on lawn.

Court sports: Lightweight and low cut ankle with a thin and firm rubber sole shoes are good to go for. It usually has white sole to avoid scuffing up the court. Good for tennis, badminton and squash players.

Volleyball: For this the shoes have more padding in the front to protect the foot while jumping and addition of rubber sole for traction. It is designed for side to side movement.volleyball-shoes-nivia-hy-court-1-545Basketball: Shoes are made up in a way to provide comfort ankle support and traction allowing players to make quick, sharp movements and has shock absorbing midsole and non-marking outsole. Good for ballers.basketballHiking

Can go for:

Sandals: Has fewer pressure points on feet which reduce blistering and are breathable. Good for hikes on well-maintained trails.

Light hiking: Use shoes that are low-cut with flexible midsoles. Good for casual day hikes.light hiking shoeHiking: Can opt for mid- or high-cut on the ankle which are good for day or weekend trips with light backpacks.hiking shoesBackpacking:  For this, the type of shoe should be durable and more supportive with stiffer midsoles which are designed to carry loads of varying weights on multiday trips. Good for longer excursions with heavier loads.backpackingMountaineering: Should opt for hefty boots with stiff midsoles which are good for extended trips, carrying heavy loads on various terrains and travel.mountaineering shoe

Well, this are few tips and facts to keep you updated and i am sure it will help you a lot.

Thank you,

Rucha.