No matter what sport you take part in, one of the most important items of clothing are the correct sports shoes. You might be able to get by with a cheap pair of trainers, but a bad fitting pair can rub your feet and leave you with blisters and other problems with your feet. A great pair might not improve your performance, but will certainly mean you feel better at the end of the session.
The size of the footwear is important. Lots of sports are energetic with a good deal of foot movement and will require a pair that fits well. You might even want to look for a pair that are one half or one full size larger than your normal size. By giving your foot more room to move around, it will stop your toes banging into the end and reduce other rubbing, but a pair that is too large might move too much and lead to blisters.
Your natural pronation will determine the type of shoes that you will need to wear. When you take a step your foot turns in, or pronates, and depending on the amount of pronation will determine whether you will need shoes that cater for those people who are over-pronate or have neutral gait. The wrong sort of shoe might lead to forced correction of your stride and possibly muscle problems.
A performance, or endurance, sportsperson might be concerned with the weight of their footwear. An extra 100g on your feet might not make much difference over 20-30 minutes, but it will have an effect after 2-3 hours. If you are doing long sessions or your performance is important you may wish to search for the lightest pair you can find.
Whether you like it or not, you body weight will also play a part when you are buying shoes. If you weigh more, you will need to look for more cushioning to protect your joints. Lighter people can get away with less cushioning and lighter shoes, but you want to be careful you have enough cushioning or you run the risk of stress injuries.
If you play a sport like basketball with a lot of sudden turns and movements, you might want to look for shoes that provide extra support for your ankles. The playing surface will also need to be considered. If you play your sports on grass it will have a different grip to concrete or artificial surfaces. Cross-country runners might want extra grips in muddy conditions and a track runner would wear spikes. The perfect pair on concrete might not give you a good grip on grass or soil.
Some people like to look good, and make sure they wear their favorite brands or only certain colors. Most major manufacturers will make shoes that would suit you, but the performance and comfort are more important than the look.
When you are shopping for new shoes, go to your local store and try on a few pairs to see which fits the best. When you have decided, have a look on the internet and see how much you can buy the same footwear for. You might be able to find a bargain, but watch out for the delivery charges.
Whatever your sport, finding the perfect shoes will make you more comfortable and you will enjoy it more. Take some time and look for the perfect pair for you, and do not just buy the first cheap pair you find, you might make a painful and expensive mistake.