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Where To Purchase Outdoor Shoes

Published at 03/06/2012 16:41:39


Whether you need outdoor shoes for outdoor sports or just for general walking, running or hiking, there are several places where you can go to get the very best quality outdoor shoes as well as get them for a decent price. There are several different types of outdoor shoes, such as hiking boots, running shoes, walking shoes, trail shoes and many more.

What to Look For

When purchasing outdoor shoes for outdoor sports, such as running, hiking, walking or trail, you need to take the following into consideration:

Cushions: If you're using your outdoor shoes for outside sports or running/walking, you will want to make sure there is enough cushion on the shoes. Of course, you want your feet to be comfortable and protected. You should always look for maximum mid-sole cushioning.

Stability: Stability in your outdoor shoes is also very important. Stability in shoes offers added support and durability for the person wearing them.

Performance: If you want a well-balanced and light type of outdoor shoes, then you will want to pay attention to the performance of the shoe. Performance shoes are most important for runners who are training for a marathon or are moderate overpronators.

Motion Control: Motion control shoes will give you maximum rear foot control as well as support the arch of the feet. Motion control shoes are best for those who walk long distances or run long distances. It is probably one of the most important factors for people who frequently run marathons.

Where to Buy Outdoor Shoes

There are many places where you can purchase a great pair of outdoor shoes. Places like Walmart, Targert, Nike, Foot Locker, Modell's, Sears, Dick's Sporting Goods, Sneaker Stadium, Cabella's, Sears, Macy's, Kohl's, Burlington Coat Factory and many more carry outdoor shoes.

You also may want to purchase your outdoor shoes at a popular department store as the prices are a tad bit cheaper at department stores than they are at shoe speciality stores. For example, you'd get a better deal at Kohl's for a pair of sporting shoes, than you'd get at at store like Foot Locker, that only specializes in outdoor shoes.

How to Measure Your Shoe Size

In order to measure your shoe size, for the best fitting outdoor shoes, you will need to follow the directions below:

  1. Have a piece of paper and a pencil handy.
  2. Sit down in a chair and place the piece of paper right under your chosen foot.
  3. With the pencil, trace around the entire shape of your foot.
  4. After you're done tracing your entire foot, use a measuring tape or ruler and determine your foot length as well as it's width.

To measure your foot's width, measure the distance between the two widest points on your tracing. To determine your foot's width, you will need to take the number you got and reduce it by 5 mm, or 1/5-inch. To measure your foot's length, measure the distance between the two longest points on your tracing. To determine your foot's length, you'll need to take the number you got and reduce it by 5 mm, or 1/5-inch as well.