It can be quite a daunting task to buy trainers, especially if you are a girly gal like me. There are quite a few options on the market so you want to ensure that you are making the best investment. These are my five tips for purchasing trainers:
- Comfort over fashion
Look past pretty, colourful and fashionable. You need a trainer that is functional, fits well and is suitable for the sport that you will be doing. You want to forget about your feet for that period and focus on your training – sore feet (in a pretty shoe) is not an option.
- Fit on the shoe
Be aware of pure online purchases. I would highly recommend fitting on a shoe as each style and brand has a different fit, which is dependent on your foot shape and arch. Some trainers provide more padding and cushioning while others are more lightweight. Try to mimic the movement of the sport that you will be doing – running, Pilates, Zumba, boot camp, etc, to see if the trainer can withstand those moves in a comfortable manner.
- Buy a bigger size
If you are often in heels and swop to sneaker / trainers / flats occasionally, you will often find that your feet swell slightly when you are in flats. I suggest buying ½ – 1 size bigger. You should be able to wiggle your toes. The shoe must be comfortable and sturdy from the moment you try it on. It will not get more comfortable by the 20th wear.
- Buy for your need
Buy a trainer based on the athletic sport that you will be doing. You also need to understand your athletic style. Do you land on your toes / heels? Which area will wear faster and where do you need more cushioning. If you are a runner, you need a shoe that is lightweight made from breathable fabric. If you are hiking, you need a sole that will provide a better grip on the surface. Your weight also determines that type of trainer you buy. Or do you want a cross trainer that will provide a versatile option – suitable for running, boot camp and hiking.
- Have a realistic budget
Comfort shoes come at a price. Brands are investing a lot in research and development to offer consumers leading edge technology in sport. So have a realistic budget and stick to it. You can go overboard when shopping around and be attracted to something that is way over budget. Look out for sales or previous season’s trainers to get a better deal.
You are investing in your health, so choose wisely. I opted for a Nike with a dark sole for low maintenance. It has zoom technology and I often have the shoes on long after my boot camp training session.