The most important piece of equipment for exercise is a good athletic shoe. Shoes don’t need to be expensive to provide good support. Just be sure they fit properly, wear an athletic sock, and they were made for the activity you engage in (walking, cross-training, jogging, etc).
You don’t have to have fancy workout gear to exercise, just be sure it is comfortable and weather appropriate.
10 Tips for Choosing Athletic Shoes
Don't make shoes multitask: Walking shoes are more stiffer than running shoes and not as flexible with extra cushioning ti handle the impact. Therefore, always purchase a shoe for the specific activity.
Know your feet:Knowing your foot's particular quirks is key to selecting the appropriate shoes. Many brands can accommodate several type of feet.
The Normal Foot: This foot has a normal - size arch which will leave a wet footprint that has a flare and is connected to the whole foot. The normal foot lands on the outside of the heel and rolls slightly inward.
The Flat Foot: This foot has a low arch and leaves a print that looks like the whole sole of the foot. This type of foot lands on the outside of the heel but rolls excessively inward.
The High Arched Foot: This foot type has a high arch and leaves a print showing a very narrow band - or no band at all- between the forefoot and heel.
Shop late in the day: This is when your feet are at their largest state after having been used all day.
Bring your own socks: Wear the type of exercise socks you usually wear and bring any orthotic devices you generally use as well.
Measure both feet every time: This is important since many people's feet are not the same length and/or width. Stand while getting your feet measured for a more exact size.
"Breaking in" a shoe is a myth: Running and walking shoes should feel comfortable right away. Walk around the store if need be to ensure they are the appropriate size.
Use the rule of thumb: There should be about 3/8 - 1/2 inch between the front of your big toe and the end of the shoe (about a thumbs width). The heel should not slip or slide and the ability to wiggle all ten toes is a must.