You need to consider several safety issues when choosing gear for your indoor and outdoor activities. Sunscreen, insect repellant and proper fitting clothing are all important for safety, but this article focuses on the significance of well-fitting athletic shoes. The shoes you wear for hiking, biking, running, and even boating should first and foremost be safe. Not all shoes are appropriate for all activities, and the wrong choice could easily result in injury.
Even if you love sharp-looking shoes, they might not be the best choice for your recreational activities. Ultra light shoes don't offer much support, and shoes with thick or elevated heels could trip you as move across the ground or floor. Sandals, flip-flops and shoes with open toes or backs are comfortable, but not ideal for most athletic activities. The safest shoe to wear for general recreation is a sturdy pair of tennis shoes that have good traction and standard laces. Untied or long laces can only lead to tripping, so tie them firmly.
Footwear should always fit properly. Shoes that are too tight can restrict movement and shoes that are too big can get in the way when you walk or run. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends finding a pair of shoes with a wide toe box for health and safety. Look for shoes that are low-cut in the ankle area and don't interfere with the motion of your calves and feet. Most shoe stores can size your foot for the perfect fit, so use their help.
You might be tempted to go casual and wear sandals from time to time so you don't have to battle with laces. However, this probably isn't the best choice for recreation. Most recreational activities require shoes with much greater support. If you participate in an indoor activity, such as basketball or indoor soccer, you need shoes that keep your feet from slipping on the playing surface and shoes that support your feet as you move from side to side.
Different shoe brands fit differently, so always buy in person when you can. Online shopping is easy, but not always the best way to find the right fit for shoes and boots. Above all, always try to find footwear that is appropriate for your particular activity. Well-fitting shoes will help keep all your recreational activities safe and creative!