Whether your fitness routine finds you running on the beach or tearing up the gridiron in the fall, you need to wear the proper shoes for your activity. Regardless of your preferred sport or form of physical activity, wearing a supportive pair of shoes can help you get the most out of your athletic activity. Consider the infographic below to learn more about how to pick the right shoe for the right activity, find the proper fit, measure your arch, and other useful tips.\n\nRunning shoes should offer\n\n3\/8 to \u00bd inch of space between your big toe and the front of the shoe\nFlexibility and agility to support movements\nSignificant cushioning throughout to handle impact\nStability in the heel\n\nWalking shoes should offer\n\nShock absorption\nSmooth tread on the bottom of the shoe\nFlexible soles to support rolling of the feet\n\nHiking shoes should offer\n\nAdditional room in the toe box\nThick soles\nStrong ankle support\n\nShoes for court sports (such as basketball) should offer\n\nAnkle support for quick movements and pivots\nThick soles\n\nShoes for field sports should offer:\n\nTraction to permit movement\nSpikes or cleats at the bottom of shoes\n\nRemember that shoe size can vary across styles and brands, so be sure to try on your shoes before buying them. By following that tip, as well as the others in this post, you’ll find a great pair of shoes that support your feet through any adventure on any terrain. To learn more about how to select the proper shoes for any activity, or to speak to a professional, contact the experts at UPMC Sports Medicine.\nDo you have a go-to pair of shoes for your favorite activity?