Fitness Tips

Choosing an Athletic Shoe

When shopping for a new athletic shoe, start by considering your foot shape and personal running or walking patterns. Keep in mind the type of activity you participate in: trail walking, road running or a combination of running and hiking. Balance your need for a sport-specific shoe versus a multi-use shoe. For the best fit, try on shoes at the end of the day and bring socks with you or use the ones provided at the store.

Court Shoes

Designed for durability. Long-wearing soles with added toe reinforcement provide good shock absorption for lunging and lateral motion. Stability is also pivotal in court shoes, whatever your game. The lower cut offers more flexibility and lighter weight.

Walking Shoes

Built for comfort. Soles should be lightweight, durable and shock absorbent, but also reasonably soft and resilient when you push into them. They should also have a rocker profile to aid in your natural walking motion, substantially reducing foot fatigue over longer distances.


Provide internal stability for a broader range of activities, including aerobics and weight training. Soles should provide shock absorption and support to uppers, for overall stability. Extra cushioning will help absorb the impact of your weight.

Running Shoes

Specifically engineered to the unique demands running places on the body – namely, the repeated impact of your foot on the ground as you travel forward. Your shoes have to deliver both cushioning and support.

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