Please raise your hand if you have ever felt victimized by your shoes. Over the past few months there has been some chatter about an existing trend in footwear that is being revived with new styles that is giving a new definition to the word glamour and happy feet. Not surprising, it is sneakers and tennis shoes that have resurfaced in a fearless way and is taking the fashion industry by storm. This trend not only makes an outfit look outstanding, tennis shoes and sneakers provide many health benefits that you probably never thought about before.
Happy Feet Are Healthy Feet
Sneakers and tennis shoes are one of the most popular type of shoes that have been around since the 1800’s when they were developed by the Liverpool Rubber Company as beachwear and called plimsolls. They were a lightweight and flexible luxury shoe made for people who could afford to play in various outdoor sports, mainly tennis. The name sneaker was coined in the 1800’s by some school boys who found that because of the soft soles, they were able to sneak around undetected. If you buy a pair of these shoes today to exercise, for health reasons, get into shape, play hard, or for style these shoes are commonly called tennis shoes, athletic shoes, or sneakers. Why have sneakers and tennis shoes remained so popular after decades? Lets look at a few of the common reasons.
Mechanics of tennis shoes and sneakers
- Designed for quick start and stops
- Prevents ankle rolling
- Designed for slippery surfaces
- Acts as shock absorption
- Adjusts to the terrain
- Changes the mechanics of how you walk or run
- Designed for a smooth stride
- Flat feet
People with flat feet require stable shoes that support their low arch and customarily people with flat feet were required to wear orthopedic shoes. Today there are many tennis shoes available that cater to the needs of flat footed people to eliminate the foot discomfort and potential injuries caused by inadequate footwear. If you have flat feet you may want to check out a few of these sneakers to accommodate your needs, Gel cushioning, Air Max cushioning, Heel cushioning, and the Herringbone.
- Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain where the bottom of your foot hurts when you stand or walk and accounts for approximately 15% foot problems. It is caused by straining the the ligaments that support your arch which is commonly caused by wearing shoes that don’t provide adequate support or fit properly. The best way to manage this type of foot problem is to wear shoes that provide proper support and what better way to that is by investing into a pair of tennis shoes or sneakers that provides the best support for managing your pain. If you want to check out the top shoes for plantar fasciitis you can find them at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS2Me6cWqoA
- Over pronation
Pronation is when the foot rolls inward and the arch of the foot flattens. During walking or running, the lower leg, knee and thigh all rotate internally (medially) and with an over-pronation this rotation inwards movement is exaggerated increasing stresses on the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the foot, lower leg including the shin and knee as the limb rotates in too far. There are some very cool tennis shoe styles that will help with this foot issue and make you feel stylish in the process. Check some of these styles out at www.reviewgem.com/best-shoes-overpronation
- Back Support
Okay everyone this is a big one because over 80% of people worldwide will experience some type of back pain in their lifetime. Have you heard the phrase “your body needs proper head to toe alignment.” I know there are several reasons why people experience this type of pain, but we are going to address the “toe alignment.” You can maintain ground alignment with good supportive tennis shoes and sneakers and by avoiding high heel shoes. You may wonder what shoes have to do with it, shoes are important for hip and spinal alignment because your feet form the base for the rest of your body and by accommodating the biomechanics of your feet this can help reduce back pain depending on its cause. A trick to knowing if you are not aligned properly is to look at the soles of your shoes and notice the wear on the area on your soles. If the heels strike the ground slightly on the outside or lateral edge which causes wear on this area of your soles, you have normal alignment. If the soles are worn down directly in the middle of the heel area or the inside or medial edge, there can be increased risk for knee problems, hip issues and thus low back pain. If you are experiencing back pain, invest in yourself and a pair of well supportive tennis shoe or sneakers that support cushion, stability, and motion control.
- Wide Feet
Having wide feet and wearing tight shoes is a recipe for foot pain, heel pain, and ache pain. I am so excited because tennis shoes and sneakers accommodated wide feet and extra wide feet. This is where my experience gets personal. A few years ago I was involved in a work related incident and my foot has to accommodate a brace due to drop foot and nerve damage. I am not sure about anyone else but the shoes that do accommodate a brace, they were not for me. I was embarrassed with my footwear because it was obvious that I had a brace on and wanted a better solution to hide it. Given the fact that I love shoes and was very limited in style, well lets just say it was depressing. Then I discovered tennis shoes and sneakers both came in an assortment of widths, styles and colors that fit my personal preference and concealed any sign of a brace. I also found that on the days that I did not want to wear my brace due to pressure points and pain, high tops provided me with support, poppin colors, and an assortment of trendy fashionable styles.
Below is a picture of some of the problems and common complaints that women develop by high heels and poorly fitting shoes cause.
Life Has Never Been So Simple
This latest trend of fashion has just made our lives easier because it rocks with all of our outfits from dresses and skirts to jeans and a t-shirt while provides not only relief from foot pain, but also preventing future foot problems. There are many different styles of sneakers and tennis shoes which reflects your unique lifestyle and personality. So why not check out the wide variety of tennis shoes and sneakers and make your feet healthy and happy and rock all the styles you love to wear in a fashion forward way.
- Keeps your feet feeling good and healthy
- High tops
- Low tops
- Classic white
- Great for proper foot mechanics
- Slip-on or Loafers
- Statement makers
- Colorful and fun
You can make a statement wearing anyone of these styles whether you wear the classic white, kick it up with multi-colored, or retro but either way your feet will never look or feel so good.
If you really want to step out of the box, in 2016 Nike launched their Back to the Future II inspired self-lacing sneakers. Just be ware you are not looking at a modest price tag, these highly anticipated sneaks can set you back $750+more can be seen on Pinterest.
If you would like to leave a comment or would like to add any type of feedback I would love to hear from you. And in case you want to learn more about managing heel pain check out this easy to understand step-by-step guide to COMPLETELY eliminating the pain and discomfort of Plantar Fasciitis at