How a shoe should fit each individual athlete can make the difference between 1st and 2nd base, safe and out, first down or touchdown, or a win or a loss. Check out this guide to learn how sport-specific shoes should fit the wearer.
-Leave some space (¼ to ½ inch) between the big toe and the end of the shoe.
-In terms of width, the foot should fit comfortably without feeling too snug or too loose.
-It’s alright if the heel moves a little, but ensure it’s not slipping and sliding to prevent potential injury.Shop Basketball Shoes
-Make sure the toes have enough room to comfortably move while the player stands up straight. -Both the heel and the width should fit snugly.
-Players in between sizes should consider choosing a shoe that’s tighter as opposed to too loose.Shop Baseball Cleats Shop Softball Cleats
-Soccer cleats should fit like a glove around the toe area, but not so much that the cleat restricts movement.
-Aim for a close fit in the heel and width due to the limited amount of padding and a firmer structure.
-Newer “high-top” designs should be snug around the ankle.Shop Soccer Cleats
-Similar to basketball shoes, leave about a thumbnail length of room between the big toe and the end of the shoe.
-Stability is key in tennis, so the shoe must fit closely around the heel and width of the foot to maximize lateral movement and reduce slipping.Shop Tennis Shoes
-Weightlifting shoes have a tendency to feel especially uncomfortable when first using them.
-The fit needs to be tight around all areas of the foot (but not painfully so) to allow for more control and greater transfer of power to the bar.
-A little wiggle room is a good thing for a runner’s toes, so leave anywhere from ⅜ to ¼ of an inch of space in the toe area.
-The width needs a secure but comfortable fit to help prevent rolled ankles.
-The heel should have very little or no slippage at all.Shop Running Shoes
-The key to a properly fitted volleyball shoe is one that moves with the foot but keeps it from moving inside the shoe.
-A close fit in the heel and width works best.
-Leave a finger width or less of space at the tip of the shoe.Shop Volleyball Shoes
-The key phrase for cheerleading shoes is “comfortable-tight.”
-Find a pair with around ¼ inch of space around the toe.
-Choose a close fit around the heel and width.Shop Cheer Shoes
-Wrestling shoes are meant to be tight, which is why most run a half-size smaller than normal shoes.
-They should feel snug around all parts of the foot, even after they stretch out after repeated use.Shop Wrestling Shoes
-To avoid blisters, leave at least ½ inch of space between the big toe and the top of the cleat.
-The heel and width should be snug, but not so much as to stretch out either area.Shop Lacrosse Cleats