10 Tips For Choosing The Perfect Vegan Sneakers For Your Workout

All vegan sneakers are created equal, right? Not quite. When you're ready to lace up and get the most from your active lifestyle, the footwear you chose matters. When you opt for sustainable shoes, you're already doing your part to help the planet. However, you want to help yourself, too!

Investing in the wrong pair can mean discomfort and discouragement down the road. Today, we're sharing 10 tips to help you get this decision right the first time.

1. Decide Which Kind of Vegan Sneakers You Need

First, it's important to take the time to assess your real needs. Are you looking for a vegan running shoe, with thick soles and incredible arch support, designed to cushion your feet as you train for a marathon or sprint around your neighborhood?

If so, your requirements will be different from someone who simply wants a comfortable pair of casual shoes to run errands around town. Thankfully, you can find both, as well as every kind of vegan sneaker in between!

2. Consider Your Must-Have Sustainability Features

When it comes to buying vegan fashion, what sustainability features are the most important to you? As you shop, remember that you don't have to sacrifice or scrimp.

Today, there are plenty of brands that take an eco-friendly approach to the entire retail experience, from the supply chain vendors they select to the materials they use. Still, you're free to look for certain aspects above others.

Are you looking for a brand that only uses recycled materials or one that is recognized as Sustainably Certified? What about shoes that are biodegradable? Make a short list of the benefits that you value the most and use it to help you narrow down your options.

3. Learn Your Feet

Yes, all of us have feet that look relatively the same. Yet, the exact shape and design of yours is unlike anyone else's. That's why it's critical to learn as much about your feet as possible before you begin shopping for a new pair of sneakers. One great place to start? Your old sneakers!

Turn them over and look at the wear pattern that you've created. Where does the material seem the thinnest or the most worn? This can help you better understand a variety of insights about your feet. For instance, if the entire surface appears to be worn to the same degree, your arch is likely low. If they're the most worn on the outside edges, you might tend to overpronate, which means your feet roll slightly inward as you walk or run. Keep these details in mind when you shop.

4. Go For a Fitting

If you think your foot stopped growing and has stayed the same since high school, it's definitely time for a new fitting. The reality is that your foot size will change as you get older.

At best, try to have your foot size measured at least two times each year. You can go into any local shoe store and request a professional fitting. This way, you know the true size you need.

5. Let Your Workout Be the Guide

Think about the different moves that your workout involves. Do you do a ton of squats or deadlifts? What about high jumps and burpees?

Different athletic shoes will have various qualities that make them ideal for certain exercises. For instance, cross-training workouts benefit the most from shoes with a flat sole and a negative or neutral heel. This way, it's easier to absorb weight through your heels and you'll feel steadier during those heavy lifts.

6. Don't Forget Socks

When your vegan sneakers arrive, it's time to make sure they're exactly right. To ensure a proper review, be sure to wear the same type of socks that you'd normally grab before your workout.

This way, you can tell if they'll feel snug, too big or just right when it's time to get your heart rate going.

7. Use the Thumb Test

Yes, you want your sneakers to fit securely. However, resist the urge to look for a super-snug fit. In fact, you should not only be able to freely wiggle your toes, but you should also be able to fit your thumb between your big toe and the front end of the shoe.

Another tip? Don't believe the myth that you'll need to break in your shoes before wearing them. That might apply to formal footwear, but a great pair of vegan sneakers should feel great right out of the box.

8. Think About Past Issues

Have you suffered from shin splints in the past? What about heel pain, stress fractures, or tendonitis? If so, you'll understandably need sneakers that offer excellent cushioning and shock absorption. As you shop, look for product descriptions that detail the pair's flexibility, control and heel reinforcement.

9. Keep Cost in Mind

Do you tend to be ultra-hard on your workout gear? Especially if you exercise on a daily basis, it might not take long before your new sneakers start showing a little wear.

Keeping this in mind, create a budget for your new purchase and stick with it. The good news? Vegan sneakers are already well-built with sturdy materials that help them last longer than quick-made pairs in the big box store.

10. Look for Soft, Supple Materials

Sneakers made from plastic might be cheaper. However, you'll notice the difference almost right away. These materials aren't meant to last and can even cut into your skin if the shoes aren't properly sized.

Most importantly, plastic isn't breathable. That's why it's best to look for sneakers that are made from softer, more supple materials such as leather, nylon or canvas. You'll find all of these in vegan alternatives when you shop with sustainable retailers like us!

Shop Our Selection of Vegan Sneakers Today

Are you in the market for a new pair of vegan sneakers? If so, you have more options today than ever before.

As the vegan fashion market continues to take off, more brands are embracing sustainable, eco-friendly manufacturing methods that you can feel great about supporting. The 10 tips above can help you find the perfect pair for your needs.

Looking for other styles of vegan footwear? From dress shoes and boots to sandals and slippers, we have it all. We even carry kids' styles! Take a look at our full online collection and contact us today with any questions.
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