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Video:Finding the Perfect Athletic Shoe

with Dave Quevedo

Finding the perfect athletic shoe for your exercise regimen is essential to prevent injury and improve your level of fitness. Learn more about athletic shoes and which one is right for you.See Transcript

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Transcript:Finding the Perfect Athletic Shoe

Hi I'm Dave Quevedo from DaveQ Fitness. Today for About.com. I'm going to show you how to find the perfect athletic shoe.

Cross-Training Athletic Shoes

Now when you're talking about athletic shoes there are a few different types that you may want to look at. First there's the running shoe and then you have your cross-training slash tennis shoe. I put them together because they're roughly the same cross-training and tennis shoes are mainly meant to move in multi-directions as opposed to your old school tennis shoes, as they used to call them, which are now just called sneakers.

Find the Perfect Fit for Athletic Shoes

Now when you're buying your tennis shoes or any shoe really, you want to have about a quarter of an inch of space from your big toe to the end of your shoe. Finding the proper fit for your tennis shoes will really go a long way to keeping your feet healthy.

Buying a shoe that's too tight for your feet can really do damage. You could end up with a disorder such as plantar fasciitis which is not anything you want to deal with. Choosing the right socks for your size of feet is very important. Once again you don't want anything that's too tight on you.

And choosing a basic you know crew sock is fine whether it be no show maybe quarter length or calf length. Whatever you choose is fine. Make sure it's the right size. The sizing will be on the label of the package of socks that you buy.

Difference Between Running and Cross-Training Shoes

We'll start off with your running shoe. Now primarily I like to wear running shoes if I'm going to run distances of more than three miles simply because it's more comfortable for my feet. They offer a little bit more cushioning and a little more variety in terms of how flat or how high your arches are. Now your typical running shoe is going to be cushioned at the back and is very light weight. I'd say anywhere around eleven to twelve ounces for your running shoes.

And then you have your athletic cross-training tennis type shoe. Which is more low profile lower to the ground in the heel so you can move from side to side, back. You can rotate a little bit better as opposed to your running shoe which it does sit on a little higher platform and is mainly meant to run straight. So running shoes primarily running straight with longer distances primarily three or longer miles.

And then you have your cross training shoe which is a little tighter in the fore foot as well as a lower profile and is meant to move in multi directions.

Other Options for Athletic Shoes

Now it wouldn't be complete without saying there are other shoes out there with no cushioning such as the Vibram five finger shoe that is very pretty much low low to the ground a very thin layer of rubber in between. Now if you're going to do any type of cross training you know, you can use those as well.

They even make ones for running which have a little more cushioning, but not as much cushioning as a a running shoe. But you can use those and they're really meant to train your foot to get a little stronger. They're a very hot topic right about now. But there you have it. You have your running shoe versus your cross-training slash tennis athletic shoe. And those are the main differences between the both of them. For more information about exercise please visit About.com.

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