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Different Types of Shoes

Why Shoes Differ with Activity?

Construction of Different Types of Shoes

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Everything About Shoes You Need to Know

Before you hit the floor, it is necessary to understand the purpose of each element of a sports shoe and the impact of the slightest differentiation it can have on your experience. We have shared some of the main elements below –

  • The Sole – includes the Bottom Layer or Outsole, the squishy and soft Middle Layer, and the Insole or Sock Liner.
  • The Upper – the part above the sole, comprising of the toe box, which is the front part and the heel counter at the rear.
  • Lacing – Laces of fabric, metal, or plastic make tightening easier. Flat laces are less likely to get untied as compared to the round ones.
  • Style –Dressy and stylish enough, along with proper support and comfort.
  • Reflectors – Reflective tabs on the upper for extra safety by reflecting car headlights at dusk or dawn.

Shoe Anatomy 101

  • Running Shoes – Designed for forward motion with plenty of cushioning for shock absorption.
  • Minimalist Shoes – Light and flexible with not much cushioning inside.
  • Walking Shoes – Rigid in the front with extra shock absorption to cut down on tenderness and pain.
  • Tennis Shoes – Support on the inside and outside with flexible soles for side-to-side movement.
  • Cross Trainers – Flexible in the forefoot with excellent side-to-side support.
  • Trail Running Shoes – Heavy tread with more heel for side-to-side support on an uneven surface.
  • Basketball Sneakers – Thick stiff sole for extra stability with high-top shoe support while running or jumping.
  • Soccer Cleats – Spikes or studs on the soles for proper grip on soft turf.
  • Lacrosse Shoes – Shoes with high tops and molded outer edge to support the ankles.
  • Baseball and Softball Cleats – Made of metal with supportive arch, these are longer and narrower than other athletic shoes.
  • Golf Shoes – Short cleats on the soles to plant the feet to the ground during the swing.
  • Hiking Boots – Lightweight boots for short hikes, mid-weight boots for uneven surface or rocky terrain, and heavyweight boots for walking long distances on snow, ice, or rocks.
  • Cycling Shoes – Sunken cleats and flexible sole for mountain and recreational cycling, and stiff sole with cleats for competitive and performance cycling.

Tips For Choosing The Right Type

Our detailed buying guide will help to decide the perfect pair of shoes that will be fit for running. The necessary tips include –

  • Foot Size: Consider the shoe size, which varies by manufacturer and model.
  • Try Out Shoes at Day End: With the feet swelling a bit at day end, the chances of buying smaller pairs are stroked out.
  • Thumbnail Length Space In The Toebox: There should be a bit of room for your fingers to move without rubbing.
  • Bring Your Orthotics Along: If you wear one, bring them along as they can impact the fit of a shoe.
  • Consider Aftermarket Insoles: These can enhance the support, comfort, and fit.

The Testing Process

Physical Performance Testing –

  • Sole bond adhesion, the strength of the heel attachment, and seam.
  • Components such as color fasteners, touch, zips, and others
  • Slip and flex cracking resistance
  • Waterproof properties
  • Colorfastness
  • Entire shoe appraisal.

Chemical Testing Includes –

  • Identifying hazardous and restricted substances like formaldehyde, chrome VI, DMF, and PCPs.
  • CPSIA compliance
  • Chemical Smart Screening

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