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How do I choose appropriate shoes for a sport?

Consider the sport you're going out for and how much support your foot requires. Different sports require different amounts of cushion and stability. Depending on if you are competing on grass, turf, or an indoor court, you will need different traction.

The primary focus for footwear should be that it fits comfortably and provides adequate support. Brand does not matter necessarily when picking footwear, as long as it fits well. To pick shoes for a specific sport, talk with a shoe specialist in an athletic store. (This answer provided for NATA by the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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