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Athletic Shoe Stores Providence RI

Local resource for athletic shoe stores in Providence, RI. 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.

Expressions Shoes
(401) 276-4292
537 Broad St
Providence, RI
 
Nine West
(401) 270-4170
76 Providence Pl
Providence, RI
 
Blanco Blanco Shoes & Sportswear
(401) 941-9425
602 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI
 
Lady Foot Locker
(401) 270-4152
50 Providence Pl
Providence, RI
 
Bakers
(401) 383-8207
51 Providence Pl
Providence, RI
 
Johnston & Murphy Shops
(401) 270-4242
60 Providence Pl
Providence, RI
 
Foot Locker
(401) 270-4150
50 Providence Pl
Providence, RI
 
Finish Line
(401) 437-8601
14 Providence Pl
Providence, RI
 
Bostonian
(401) 270-4236
28 Providence Pl
Providence, RI
 
Payless Shoesource
(401) 270-4443
146 Providence Place Providence Place Mall
Providence, RI
 

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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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