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Athletic Shoe Stores Westfield MA

Local resource for athletic shoe stores in Westfield, MA. 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.

Payless Shoesource
(413) 572-9051
451 E Main Street Westfield Shops
Westfield, MA
 
Famous Footwear
(413) 746-0165
935 Riverdale St
West Springfield, MA
 
Expressions
(413) 205-2194
1136 Union St
West Springfield, MA
 
Double J Western Store
(413) 732-8800
1458 Riverdale St # A
West Springfield, MA
 
Payless Shoesource
(413) 746-2631
377 Memorial Avenue Century Center
Springfield, MA
 
Kids Footwear Outlet
(413) 536-7715
1029 North Rd # 11
Westfield, MA
 
Payless Shoesource
(413) 732-7850
935 Riverdale St Riverdale Shops
West Springfield, MA
 
Fast Feet Inc
(413) 734-0955
231 Elm St
West Springfield, MA
 
Payless Shoe Source
(413) 746-2631
377 Memorial Ave
West Springfield, MA
 
Foot Locker
(413) 536-7031
50 Holyoke St
Holyoke, MA
 

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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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