BY KUDI MARADZIKA
"Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world".
I have to admit, I'm not a sneaker head. I could use the same gym shoes for years until they fall apart, my toes peep through and people start giving me that look 👀 . So when it came to replacing my gym shoes I was not only reluctant but also had a harder time than most picking out the right pair. My last pair of New Balances had served me well, but those old ladies needed to retire and even a penny pincher like me couldn't deny that. 👟 👟 👟 👟.
Enter the Sneaker Exchange, or SXC, where all the cool kids with the cool kicks hang out. I went searching for answers and a dope yet functional pair of shoes. I got some invaluable advice that I just couldn't keep to myself 😊.
1. Get Knit-ty With It
Not only are sneakers with knitting more longer lasting, they are also understandably a lot cozier and airier for those with sweaty feet 💦 💧💦 . The number one tip I received confirmed this. If you can, always pick sneakers with knit but shoes with foam in-soles. The foam will be hard at first, but your foot will eventually fill its own shape out for the perfect fit. So I thought, 'well New Balance has a new range of shoes' and man are they sweet. (see above). These shoes are apparently perfect for running and cross-fit. But whilst they were cute and an awesome and unusual shade of green, they didn't quite hit all the marks.
2. Flying without wings
So now that I had the material make-up down, came the feeling. According to these guys your shoes should offer so much support it should feel like you're walking on air. I can get with that! 😊👌 😊. Another thing I learned is that the biggest mistake a lot of us make with sneakers is that we approach them with a 'one size fits all' mentality. So your gym shoes 👟 should only be that and the sneakers you wear on Saturday's to go watch movies should be something else. In other words, sneakers aren't for training, trainers are...well, for training! Common knowledge but not for someone like me who loves keeping things simple. Here I was thinking the Puma Blaze's would look cute with a dress! 👗.
3. Know Thine Feet
So as I thought I was finally getting it came another curve ball. Know Thine Feet. This is true and quite obvious but what this means is if you're foot is long and wide, some brands just won't work for you. Which brands were getting it right? Well for people with long feet like me, brands like Asics would be a challenge. My sure bet would be with Puma's, Adidas or New Balance shoes. Knowing your foot also means knowing what kind of arch and shape your foot makes when you step down. If you pick the wrong shoes they may not be comfortable enough so make sure you walk around in them as much as possible in the store to feel this out. 👟 If they aren't comfortable immediately don't get them, running shoes aren't meant to be broken in, they're meant to be comfortable from the world go. This means your toes should definitely have wiggle room.
4. "How much are these?"
The last piece of advice was simple and something everyone can relate to. Don't overpay for trainers. Odds are you can go to a site like Superbalist that has a great variety and get exactly what you want for less. Better yet, wait until they have their sales and get trainers for half the cost. Factory outlets for brands are also a great place to find shoes. I spent two weeks going from shop to shop trying shoes out and asking questions because I wanted to make sure I got the best deal. Also be wary of shoes that are reduced drastically. It either means they only have small sizes left or that the shoe isn't very comfortable.
Which shoes am I going to get I hear you ask?
I still have no idea, but now at least I know what to look for and what not to.
Hope you do too now.
HEY KUDISCO. Work. Wellness. Beauty and Balance.