Specialty shoes are designed according to the way your feet move. Running shoes are geared for heel-to-toe movement. Shoes designed for tennis and related sports offer maximum support from side-to-side. If you engage in a variety of athletic activities, you may be looking for a pair of cross-training or general purpose athletic shoes.
Regardless of your sport, some general guidelines apply to all shoe shopping:
• Shop for shoes in the afternoon, when your feet are at maximum size. (They swell during the day).
• Wear the socks you normally wear with athletic shoes to assure the right fit.
• Try on both shoes. Most people's feet vary a bit in size from each other, so you should be sure the shoes fit your largest foot comfortably.
• If you're a woman and your feet are wide, try men's shoes. These are usually cut wider. To find a size for starters, start with your own size, and subtract two.
• Move around in the shoes, and insist that they feel like a perfect fit right away. If they don't, keep looking.
• Use the "feel" test for any high-tech gimmicks. Some may help. Some may be hype. Your feet will know!
• Don't shop by price alone, but do look for materials that breathe and good workmanship.