In the last week or so, Nike has been making headlines with their ultra-cool athletic shoes. First, they made the Kanye-West-designed Air Yeezy II Red Octobers available online about two weeks ago. The bright red high tops sold out in 11 minutes then quickly began appearing on eBay. Some pairs were listed for as much as $10,000.
This week, the shoemaker announced that by 2015, it would be able to sell us pairs of shoes with laces that actually tie themselves. Two years ago, the company produced an exact replica of the Back to the Future sneakers (Nike Mag’s) minus the self-tying laces, but on Valentine’s Day, shoe designer Tinker Hatfield revealed that power laces would be available to the public next year.
As a shoe lover, I think all of this is just awesome; as a Houston podiatrist, I want to remind you all that really cool shoe features and designs should come second to fit and support. If you are playing a high energy sport like basketball, which typically requires high-top sneakers like these to prevent ankle sprains and other rollover injuries, you need to first make sure that your shoes are not rubbing and are fitting snugly, but not too snugly. After you’ve ensured a safe and supportive fit, then you can worry about which celebrity designed your sneakers and whether or not you’ll have to stop running for a few seconds and retie your laces without any technical assistance.
Like everyone out there, I get caught up in the hype of a really cool new shoe, but to keep my feet healthy and prevent sports injuries, I always focus on fit and quality construction. If you would like help preventing sports injuries, or are currently recovering from one, schedule an appointment at Tanglewood Foot Specialists today for top-quality care.