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How to Buy Sneakers Just For You - The K Swiss Way

When selecting shoes to wear during exercise or sporting activities there are several factors we need to consider that are vital to the health of you feet and your ability to maintain and continue to enjoy doing what you love to do. With many different types of new features such as K Swiss Ariake motion control technology and K Swiss Cushioning incorporated into K Swiss sneaker designs it can sometimes be daunting working out what is gimmick and what is truly useful. By getting back to basics and working out "from the ground up" what type of shoe you require can help eliminate the guesswork and save you a lot of money.

Let's start off by deciding on the type of foot that you have. By working this out you can make a more informed choice when looking at the many different types of K Swiss sneakers. Most people fall into three main types of foot patterns. The three main foot types are: Normal Foot, Flat Foot and the High-Arched Foot. I will briefly explain the main differences:

1. Normal Foot: Make a foot imprint on the ground, if you have normal feet there will be a distinct footprint showing good detail in the toes, with the heel and forefoot connected. This type of foot has a natural step using the heel first and rolling slightly inwards to absorb shock. Runners with these type of feet do not usually need lots of stability in their shoe but rather a moderate amount. The K Swiss Ariake Running Shoe provides gentle control and dynamic support while running making them extremely popular choice for runners.

2. The Flat Foot: the Flat Foot imprint will show almost the entire foot print when the test is made. This usually means the foot is excessively rolled when stepping or running and can result in overuse and injury if incorrect shoes are best shoes this foot type are ideally motion control and high stability to reduce the excessive rolling.

3. The High-Arched Foot: this print leaves a very narrow band yet distinct heel and toe imprint. This is usually caused by a curved, high arch with very little movement when walking or running. The shoes suggested for this foot type are ones with cushioning but very little motion control or stability as these features can reduce movement in the foot which is the opposite to what is required.

There are also several main categories that types of Sneakers can be separated into, these are -

1. Stability Shoes: these offer a good blend of cushioning, support and durability.These shoes are good if you are of average weight and don't have any severe foot issues from conducting the test imprint. K Swiss Ariake's and K Swiss Approach Tennis shoes are examples offering good cushioning with leather uppers and a support cage.

2. Cushioned Shoes: these type of shoes generally don't offer a lot of support, if you do not need extra support these type of shoe might be the best for you as you need to promote movement and not stability.

3. Lightweight Training Shoes: If you fall into the Normal Foot category then these shoes are the most appropriate offering no motion control and are generally lighter designed for fast running. K Swiss offer a Men's Training Shoe with cushioning and high grip tread offering superb traction but no motion support.

4. Trail Shoes: these shoes offer lots of traction for hiking and when the wearer goes off-road and needs durability and support as well. Ideally these sneakers would be waterproof and can handle the most rugged of demands the wearer can inflict.

Now that you have determined your foot type based on the test imprint, you can then decide on the type of shoe you need based also on the type of exercise or activity you are involved in. Choosing the wrong type of shoe can result in injury, for example buying high top basketball shoes for road running can result in incorrect movement of the foot and too much stability resulting in less foot movement. Plus you will need a lighter more durable shoe.

Exercise creates huge forces on our feet and body with each step we take so ensuring we have the correct footwear is essential to enjoying and participating in these activities long term. Ideally our feet, when walking or running were designed to be barefoot but in today's modern world this is rarely possible so buying a sneaker that fits and matches your foot contours is your next best option.

By now you have realized that a very important aspect of buying new sneakers is working out your foot type and then looking at the activities you will be partaking in and then choosing your shoe based on those criteria. There is no one shoe fits all and with many, many different brands and types of sneakers available online you could be forgiven if you were confused with what to buy. Most people buy the same type of shoe each time but they may be causing more harm than good as the shoe may not be correct for their foot type.