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Athletic Shoe Stores Helena MT

Local resource for athletic shoe stores in Helena, MT. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to running shoes, basketball shoes, sneakers, walking shoes, toning shoes, tennis shoes, and trail shoes, as well as advice and content on sportswear.

Corral West Ranchwear
(406) 449-4665
1600 11th Ave # 126
Helena, MT
 
Foot Locker
(406) 449-9558
1600 11th Ave Ste 210
Helena, MT
 
Capital Sports & Western Wear
(406) 443-2978
1092 Helena Ave
Helena, MT
 
Famous Footwear
(406) 449-0077
3329 N Montana Ave
Helena, MT
 
Shoefly Shoes
(406) 586-8492
315 E Main
Bozeman, MT
 
Ryans Boot & Shoe Repair
(406) 442-5215
431 N Last Chance Gulch St
Helena, MT
 
Another Mile
(406) 495-0550
40 N Last Chance Gulch St
Helena, MT
 
Sole Sisters
(406) 449-4221
318 N Last Chance Gulch St
Helena, MT
 
Payless Shoesource
(406) 443-2077
3101 Montana Ave
Helena, MT
 
Jackie Ms Footwear
(406) 883-5800
212 Main St
Polson, MT
 

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How to Choose the Right Athletic Shoe

Sporting the wrong athletic shoe can lead to unnecessary aches and pains. One step in the right direction is to go for instant gratification. “There’s really no such thing as ‘breaking in’ a pair of shoes,” says Christian Royer, MD, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle surgery at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. “If it doesn’t feel right in the store, put it back and go for another pair.”

A good fit is essential. Royer says that many people don’t know what size they wear. “Not only does your foot change as you grow and as you age, but it’s bigger from swelling at the end of the day.” Royer advises, “Always shop after work, when your feet are at their maximum size.” That doesn’t mean you should try on tennis shoes in your sheer-black hosiery. Take along the socks that you’ll wear during your workout.

Remember when your parents would press the front of the shoes you were trying on to see if there was room in front of the toe? There’s something to that; check for a thumb’s width (3/8 to 1/2 inch) of room in the front of the toe box.

Choosing shoes that are appropriate for your activity is key. “Basketball shoes, for example, are engineered to take a beating on the court, whereas a running shoe would be too soft and not constructed to take side-to-side motion,” Royer says. Although cross-training shoes work for most activities, some women find the foot beds too hard and stiff. If you don’t have problems with your ankles and past injuries, says Royer, it’s probably OK to choose a softer shoe, such as a running shoe.

Running shoes are also appropriate for walking, but the reverse isn’t true. Walking shoes, especially the sport casual kind tailored to look great with jeans, won’t offer enough support for running. Shoes with a pump-up tongue or gel ins...

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