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January 2009

CHOOSING THE RIGHT SOCCER BOOT (part four)
 

Jan 16/09
There is a saying out there that states, 'If the shoe fits, wear it'.
Kevin Duguay
6. How much can you afford to spend?
7. Where should I buy my shoes?


Well, you have finally done your research and you are ready for the final steps. Where do you go from here? Here is a short check list to help with that decision.

Try not to buy a pair of shoes solely based on the latest style or color. Even though this may be tempting, the shoe doesn't make the athlete. The features about the shoe are important in your shoe selection.

The best time to buy shoes is in the evening when your feet have swollen to their largest size because of the effects of gravity while standing.

Always try several different brands of shoes. Each manufacturer uses different 'lasts' which are the foot form or shape on which a shoe is built. North American made shoes are different from the European countries.

Always be fitted with the correct width. Most companies carry these different sizes to help ensure a good fit. Remember that when fitting soccer shoes your toes are not crunched, your heel is stable and it does not slip when you walk with the shoes.

When going to a reputable sporting goods store that specializes in soccer gear and accessories, the staff is usually very knowledgeable about the different features of a soccer shoe. Remember to do your homework with the links and sites that have been mentioned above in the previous points.

Finally, if you are unsure of these points or have any questions, you can contact me at home at
905-264-0274 or send me an email at kevin.duguay@sympatico.ca.

Remember that the foot is the key to the foundation of the body!

Kevin Duguay CAT©
USC Academy Athletic Therapist


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