What type of shoe is the best option for comfort?

Shoes are really dependent on what type of activity you are participating in and your anatomy. What's probably most helpful is to either talk to your doctor or go to a store that specializes in shoes or sneakers. 

Basketball sneakers are going to be completely different than running sneakers and running shoes come in several types: cushioning, stability and motion control. It's important to know the structure of your foot and if you don't know that then a good shoe store will be able to help with that. 

Once you know what type shoe then it's worth trying several brands to see what is the most comfortable. All brands are built differently. 

There is nothing worse than having the wrong shoe. The wrong shoe can deter you from working out so try not to have that barrier and try 'to start off on the right foot'. :-)


Try Nike FREE's.  They are built to be flexible versus rigid and supportive.  You move more naturally and people say they feel great right out of the box.  Well cushioned shoes might feel great at first, but you will find cushioning interferes with foot sensation which is important for proper movement.  So go with a light weight shoe that is flexible and not too cushioned.

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