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Athletic Shoe Stores Kansas City MO

Local resource for athletic shoe stores in Kansas City, MO. 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.

Habitat Shoe
(816) 421-5444
1800 Baltimore Avenue
Kansas City, MO
 
Al The Bootman
(816) 483-2668
3226 E 12th St
Kansas City, MO
 
Bob Jones Shoes
(816) 474-4212
1914 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO
 
Michaels Clothing Co
(816) 221-0000
1830 Main St
Kansas City, MO
 
Payless Shoesource
(816) 241-9321
5908 Wilson Rd # 10 Northeast Plaza S/c
Kansas City, MO
 
Payless Shoe Source
(816) 231-5008
2600 Independence Ave
Kansas City, MO
 
Footloose Women
(816) 274-7635
200 E 25th St
Kansas City, MO
 
Footloose
(816) 274-8414
2450 Grand Blvd # 316
Kansas City, MO
 
Midtown Shoes
(816) 753-7440
3144 Troost Ave
Kansas City, MO
 
Footaction Usa
(816) 921-5378
3041 Prospect Ave
Kansas City, MO
 

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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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