Foot for thought
In sports channels like ESPN and BTV, you always see these different brands like Nike and Adidas go head to head by providing you with a lot of basketball shoes that are sponsored by professional athletes. But let’s be pragmatic for one second here. Basketball shoes are just ordinary shoes. The moment we believe that wearing them can help improve our game, it’s when we become a victim of corporate deception. It’s like taking a medicine simply because we fell for the placebo.
I am not going to discredit basketball shoes, CrossFit shoes , and even Zumba shoes. They are designed to meet the needs of an individual for that particular sport. However, there are some things that you need to understand when it comes to using exercise shoes.
- Exercise shoes help boost performance – To some extent, it can boost performance, but it doesn’t refer to the quality. Running shoes may be able to help you propel faster and provide support for the balls of your feet, but remember they don’t affect your cardio level. A pair of CrossFit shoes like the list in this link cannot help you become stronger, but they can provide you with a better foundation.
- Wearing the wrong pair of shoes can damage your feet – Yes and no. This is more into common sense than anything else. First, would you wear basketball shoes for a 5 mile run or a pair of Zumba shoes to play football? Of course not. There’s always a reason why these exercise shoes are designed that way. A pair of basketball shoes is intended for running in hardwood flooring because they are designed with more traction and lightweight. If you put these on the streets, you’ll wear out the soles faster than a man eating a donut. If you wear Zumba shoes for football, where are you going to get traction in the field of grass?
- Exercise shoes can help improve feet health / improve weight loss – This was something that put Vibram in trouble for claims about the benefits of running in barefoot. Apparently, the claims were not proven and they were in a whole lot of trouble. Exercise shoes, basketball shoes, and even weightlifting shoes can claim a lot of things, but don’t assume that they will 100% work for you. If a pair of running shoes by Brand XY can claim that it helps you lose weight, remember that the act of running is the factor that helps you lose weight and not the shoes. If a pair of basketball shoes from brand AZ can claim that it will help you play better, remember that practice makes you better at playing and not the shoes. When a pair of shoes says that it can help improve feet health, remember that diet plays a bigger role.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the advertisements that these exercise shoes are displaying. It all boils down to how you perceive the advertisement. If you’re faced with the dilemma of buying a pair of exercise shoes, you need to do some research first on the kind of shoes you want then go for a brand.