March Madness and the NBA Playoffs, What Type of Shoes are These Players Wearing?
With the Sweet Sixteen chosen, March Madness is nearing an end. But with the NBA playoffs set to run from about mid-April to June, basketball fans still have a lot to look forward to. For those that play basketball, or those who have loved ones who play basketball, I thought I’d offer some suggestions on what to look for when purchasing a new pair of basketball sneakers.
First, and this goes for whatever shoes you buy, you need to make sure to have the proper shoe size. January 23rd was “Measure Your Feet Day”, which reminds us that, unfortunately, many people wear the wrong shoe size. Don’t hesitate to ask someone who works at your local shoe store to measure your shoe size for you - they should know how to measure your feet correctly.
Next, you have to decide what type of sneaker you want to get. Basketball shoes come in three main varieties, which offer different levels of ankle support. High tops are the best at preventing ankle sprains, the most common basketball injury involving the foot. For this reason, players who have suffered ankle sprains in the past may particularly want to look into these types of sneakers, as their ankles may not be as stable as other players.
Unfortunately, some people may find high tops uncomfortable and restrictive. Those that do may want to consider mid-tops, which offer increased flexibility but sacrifice some ankle stability. There are also low top sneakers, which don’t offer much ankle support but are the lightest of the three options; for this reason I don’t recommend them as much as the other two options.
Finally, consider style and price. Preventing injury should be your first consideration. After this is taken care of, go for a style that you like, at a price that fits your budget.
Jeffrey Carlson, DPM