How to choose Basketball Shoes
Basketball involves running, jumping and quick changes in direction that require good quality shoes. Choosing the right pair of basketball shoes can minimize the risk of injury and increase traction on the court. Basketball shoes feature lightweight combination uppers which mix the stability and durability of synthetic leather. The breathable uppers are more durable than leather. The midsole of the basketball shoe is located between the upper and the outsole and will impact the levels of cushioning and shock absorption in the shoe. Most midsoles are make of EVA (Ethyl Vinyl Acetate) that is compression-molded or injected to offer lightweight cushioning. The outsole of a good basketball shoe should be flat and moderately wide to create a stable base and help to prevent ankle rollover. The surface of the sole will be made of rubber in a pattern that will help grip the floor and provide traction. Some shoes designed for outdoor play have heavier soles. Avoid wearing worn-out basketball shoes because they can result in injuries to the foot. The daily use of basketball shoes for practices and games wears down the shoe material and reduces their ability to provide cushion and support needed to protect the foot.
There are three basic styles to basketball footwear:
(1) High-tops offer the most ankle support and stability. However, high-tops are generally the heaviest of the models because of the extra material.
(2) The mid-top is shorter than the high-top because they stop at ankle level. It allows more freedom of movement than high-top but provides sufficient ankle support. The mid-top is the most popular choice.
(3) The low-top is the lightest of the three models. This style allows fast players to use their speed and quickness but these shoes do not provide much ankle support.
The next step is determining your playing style. The three most popular playing styles are power player, speedster and all round player.
(1) Power players generally spend majority of their time in the low post. This type of play requires a lot of physical contact and jumping within confined spaces. Power players want a shoe with maximum cushioning and stability. High-tops or mid-tops would be best choice for the power player.
(2) The speedster or fast players rely on speed and quickness so they don’t want to wear a heavy shoe slowing them down. Low-tops or lightweight shoes still provide a decent amount of support and cushioning are ideal for this type of player.
(3) The all round player is the jack of all trades. They do a little bit of everything. This type of player should look for shoes that offer good support, cushioning and flexibility but are not too bulky. Mid-tops are usually a great choice for this type of player.
The internet is a great place to find bargains on any type of shoes including basketball shoes. You can find more bargains on shoes in the internet rather than purchase shoes in the stores. But first you should try on the shoes in a store before purchasing online in order to make sure you order the correct size. When trying on shoes in the store, you should take them on a test run. Take a walk around the store, jump up and down a couple of times and do a few quick lateral movements to get an accurate feel for the shoe. It is best to try on shoes at the end of the day or after a workout because your feet expand slightly during physical activity.