Being a sneakerhead is enjoyable, but it also means being able to understand what is true and what is false. You can’t just buy anything and everything in the world of kicks. You don’t have unlimited money, so each choice should be considered with utmost intelligence. From lightness to price, we’re gonna debunk these sneaker myths one at a time.
Myth #1: You should not replace your insoles.
Look, the insoles are meant to be replaced after quite some time. Don’t settle for just the original one. After all, standard insoles are not meant to precisely fit every foot because they are only made with traditional foam. In fact, this is why many brands offer insole replacements to provide comfort.
Myth #2: Each and every shoe is made equally.
Look, if you were going to a baseball game, you wouldn’t want to wear a pair of running shoes. Likewise, you should be wearing the right shoes designed for each sport and activity. Moreover, differences between each individual will also create varying opinions regarding a shoe’s quality, so pick wisely.
Myth #3: A more expensive shoe is always the better choice.
As much as you want to believe that you can suddenly run faster because of $400 running shoes compared to a $100 pair, guess again. Indeed, brand new and expensive kicks offer many supposedly innovative features, but sometimes it’s really just all about the brand name and the hype regarding the release.
Myth #4: You need to break your kicks.
Today, you don’t really have to break your sneakers to achieve optimum performance. Back then, it might have been acceptable and justifiable, but shoes today are made for you to use as soon as you buy them. Of course, you need to move with them on for a bit, but you don’t have to ruin your shoes.
Myth #5: You should purchase a new pair of shoes before a game or a race.
Yes, we’ve already said that you no longer have to break your kicks once you get them, but that doesn’t mean you should get a new pair for every new marathon or game. For one, you wouldn’t know how they would perform after an hour of playing or once you’ve ran for nine miles. If you really want a new pair, buy them weeks before the big event.
Myth #6: You should not switch from shoe to shoe.
Don’t worry about it. Substituting one shoe for another from time to time won’t do damage to your feet. Moreover, this will actually help lengthen the lifespan of your kicks since you will use them more. Finally, there is nothing wrong with picking another pair every once in awhile.
Myth #7: A light shoe is better than a heavier one.
As much as a lighter shoe sounds appealing, this characteristic actually has some negative consequences. For one, a lighter shoe will often have much less cushioning than heavier ones. This means that you will likely have less support and your feet will experience more stress, aside from a potential injury. In addition, lighter shoes are less durable, so you won’t be able to use them for as much as you like.
Myth #8: Your kicks should be replaced every six months.
Since not every shoe is made equal, then the lifespan of each one won’t be the same. For one, a minimalist shoe advertised for runners because of its supposedly natural feel will have less material and therefore less cushioning. If this is only recommended for at most 300 miles of running, then the bulkier, more cushioned sneakers will probably last you a bit more.
Myth #9: Each brand’s shoe will always be created equally.
Nope. As much as you love Adidas or Nike, these brands have their own different shoes created for various individuals. Some running shoes are built for those who like minimal kicks while some shoes are for those who love motion-control. Of course, what is true is that each brand has their own special lasts. Thus, your feet will feel the same with another shoe having the same last. Aside from this, each shoe is really different, even within the same brand.
Myth #10: You always need a prescription for your shoe.
You’ve probably been at a point where you visit a shoe specialty store and you are prescribed with the right kind of shoe. Over the years, you abide by this prescription because you believe it’s what will make you perform well. However, some factors will change, such as your speed, balance, strength, and weight. Moreover, even your prescription might not be as accurate as you think it is.