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A buyer's guide to sports trainers

Sports trainers are an important accessory for training and fitness, which is why it's important to pick the right one from the start. Designed to be protective, durable and comfortable, they can either be the best pair of shoes you own or they can make your training very uncomfortable with the wrong pair.

The basics

It's important to realise that there is no single trainer shoe that is considered the best as everyone has different shoe requirements. There are many factors to consider, namely your weight, your biomechanics, the shape of your feet, and the surfaces you run on, which means that one person's running shoe could essentially be terrible for someone else. When looking at shoes, they are split into three main categories: Stability, motion control and cushioned. There are also three minor ones: Off-road, performance training and racing. The first three should be taken as everyday options and are thus categorised depending on what your biomechanical needs are. The minor three would be classed as specialised requiring a second pair of trainer shoe. In order to determine the shape of your foot, you should do a Wet Test or visit an experienced shoe retailer who will be able to do this for you. Wet Test The Wet Test determines the shape of your wet footprint after it has been placed on a piece of paper. The shape produdce roughly sets out the amount of stability that you may require in your running shoe. Your wet print will show the features that you should look out for while also providing you with essential knowledge to locate the right shoe. The Wet Test will generally produce three different prints: The normal foot, which has a normal arch and shows the forefoot and heel are connected by a broad band; the flat foot, which has a low arch and produces a print that looks like the whole sole of the foot, which may also indicate an overpronated foot; and the high-arched foot, which depicts a narrow band or no band connecting the heel and forefoot.

Visit an experienced retailer

In order to determine what type of shoe you need, you should visit an experienced retailer. While there you can try on a shoes for running which will better determine the trainer for your fitness needs. Shoes Direct provide comfortable trainer shoes for men and women at affordable prices. JD Online delivers the latest running gear and footwear for men, women, as well as Adidas clothing for kids. For those searching for sales trainers, JD Sports has sales in both genders and sale running t-shirts. Scotts Online provides the latest trainers and clothes for running at affordable prices.

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