We all have several different pairs of shoes to go with outfits and for particular seasons- so why would we think one shoe would work for all sporting and exercise needs? Each shoe is designed specific to each sport or activity based on needs for stability, traction, weight, and safety.
Tennis Court Shoes
Court shoes are critical for the games of tennis, pickleball, and paddleball. A tennis shoe has more stability than a shock absorbing running shoe, this is designed to specifically protect quick lateral movement performed on a tennis court. While it is nice to have the cushion in a shoe the stability and lateral protection of a shoe in this sport is more important. A court shoe is considered worn out when the outsole is worn, or the bottom is smooth.
Cycling shoes are not required, but will give you a much safer, and more powerful ride. The clips on the sole of the shoe provide proper alignment and avoid slipping reducing the risk for ankle, knee and hip injuries. The rigid sole of a cycling shoe protects your arch and increases the force and transfer of power more efficiently from your body to the pedal. There are a wide variety of options available to choose from and the cost of a cycling shoe does not need to be astronomical. A cycling shoe lasts a long time, from time to time the clips may need to be replaced. The Wembley Club’s bikes use SPD clips.
Cross Training Shoes are great versatile shoes for strength training, bootcamp and other fitness classes. A traditional running shoe acceptable for classes because of it’s great shock absorption and weight qualities, however, the stability is less than a cross training shoe.
**It is best to measure your feet for shoes when your feet are swollen. During exercise your feet will swell, if you measure at time when there is less water retention in your feet it will provide discomfort during your activity.
If you every have questions regarding proper footwear please do not ever hesitate to ask a pro or trainer at the club.
Keep moving at your best!!
Katie’s parents live in Ohio, she lives in the moment. Passionate about tennis and a few other sports. She is most probably playing tennis, tweeting or eating right now. Go Cavs!