Your sneakers represent who you are-- your personality, fashion sense and personal needs. With their soft fabrics with rubber soles, sneakers hold value for everyone, whether you're playing sports, hanging out with friends or attending a casual function. Every year, designers put forth a variety of fabrics, patterns and sneaker styles, in retail shops and online, from which you can choose. All you have to do is decide what kind of sneaker best suits your lifestyle. The perfect pair is sure to get you off on the right foot when tackling school, sports and social activities.
Consider what sports you play. Runners should always a shoe with good shock absorption and smooth tread. Skid-resistance technology and breathable mesh is also important so that your feet stay dry and fresh-smelling. In addition, added arch support is recommended for flat-footed high schoolers. Without it, feet can get tired and ache. Tennis, basketball and volleyball players should look for heel cushioning and a good sole for quick, side-to-side movements. High schoolers playing field hockey, track or baseball, for example, will want sneakers that have a lightly cleated or studded bottom that is fixed into nylon soles.
If your only concern is that your shoes look good, you have a plethora of star-studded options. Consider wearing canvas and leather sneakers with embellishments in every variety, ranging from metallic and brass studs to colored jeweled adornments. Guys and gals alike can wear these spruced-up shoes with jeans, shorts or skirts during school hours or on the weekends while working or hanging out with friends. The key is to find a pair that is versatile enough that they will go with lots of outfits and can easily be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. Popular styles range in everything, from low-tops and high-tops to brightly colored fabrics and colorful laces, embellished buckles and convenient Velcro straps.
What to Look For
If your sneaker needs are geared toward a specific sport, such as tennis or running, visit an athletic shoe store. A trained employee will measure and assess your feet before directing you to the right shoe styles. It's important to know whether your arch is low, normal or high and how much your feet pronate inward, for example. This information tells you what your sneakers should entail, such as mid-sole cushioning or motion-controlled technology. For all sneakers, it's important that your heel stays put inside the shoe and there's a half inch at the front of the toe, since feet tend to swell toward the end of the day.
Where and When to Shop
A shoe retailer is the quickest and best way to get a new pair of sneakers if you are sport-minded. However, when shopping for fashion sneakers, make your way to the Internet, where you'll discover the largest variety of brands and styles-- mostly at a fraction of the cost. First, go to a site such as Shoefitr and measure your foot. This will eliminate unnecessary returns and purchase regrets. Do an online coupon search from a company such as Retail Me Not, and see what discounts you can obtain on shipping. Keep in mind that in February you'll see the deepest shoe discounts at up to 40 percent off, according to Shop It To Me, a company that tracks and reveals the best times to shop for the deepest savings.