Podiatry Shoe Review: Sports Specific Shoes

By | April 13, 2019

Podiatrist Recommended

Sports Specific Shoes

Although this list is not comprehensive, I did my best to give you some excellent options for various sports specific shoe options. 

First, the most important thing to remember is that any shoe that you wear must have a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole. The concept is counterintuitive but the idea is that if you have a painful joint then the last thing that you want to do is wear flexible shoes that force motion through joints that can’t handle it. When it comes to the foot, less motion equals less pain, inflammation and joint damage. A sturdy sole with no motion will also stop or slow the progression of bunions, hammertoes, stress fractures, and osteoarthritis. 

Second, it is also important to find shoes with a wide, soft toe box that puts less pressure on toes, which helps to prevent corns, ingrown toenails and even will decrease the risk of developing toenail fungus. 

Third, all shoes that you wear should have rear foot control because shoes without rear foot control force you to scrunch down your toes to stay in the shoe, which promotes hammertoes and mechanical strain on your tendons and ligaments, which can cause tired leg syndrome.

The fourth thing is to wear shoes that will accommodate a custom-molded orthotic or an excellent over-the-counter insert for better arch support, which will help with preventing knee, hip and even lower back pain. 

Running:

Wearing a running shoe with a thick, rigid and non-flexible sole actually will improve your speed and performance. It works off the lever principle, which means that if you wear a rigid sole while running than that will translate into a significant mechanical advantage, improved efficiency, and energy conservation. 

New Balance 1540 V2
(There is also a women’s version of the NB 1540)

New Balance 1080 V8

(Men’s version also available)

Hoka One One Gaviota





Hoka One One Arahi 2 





Men’s Brooks Beast




Walking:


New Balance 928

New Balance 990 V4




Hoka One One Bondi Leather



New Balance 1300 V1




New Balance 1400 V1



Brooks Addiction Walker





New Balance 813

NB 813 is great for older patients with balance issues. It also comes with velcro strapping for added ease of putting on and taking off.


Trail Running:



Hoka One One Speed Goat 2



Hiking:


Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi



Hoka One One Tor Summit 



Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX


Soccer:

Tekela Pro Fg

Men’s Tennis and Pickleball:


New Balance 806 V2



Beach and Pool Activities:

Keen’s Newport H2 





Chaco Z1 or Z2





Men’s Golf:
Footjoy Originals





New Balance Golf 1701





Women’s Golf:

Footjoy Pro SL/BOA

I hope that this list was helpful! I will try to add to the list as I find more shoes that fit the criteria. For more articles and information, you can refer to:

My feet hurt! Top 10 things to do to alleviate foot pain today. 

Shoe recommendations for patients recovering from Lisfranc’s injuries. 

Thank you for reading the blog!

Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy

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