How to Buy Basketball Training Shoes

Step-by-step Instructions

Here is what you need to do...
Step 1

Know where to go. If you want to get a decent to nice pair of basketball shoes, you have to know where to buy them from. You don't want to go to any stores that sell shoes very cheap because basketball shoes are not and they most likely won't be there. The mall or very large well known shoe stores should do it.

Step 2

Budget, budget, budget!! Basketball shoes are somewhat expensive, rocking a pair of $150 pair of Jordan's, may not be the best fit for the campus rec. Depending on how often and where you play, should help narrow your choices down.

Step 3

Where will you be playing? If you are playing indoors, most of the shoes at the shoe store/mall will be applicable to you. If your plan on training outside, then just ask the sales rep at the store and they'll find you a decent pair.

Step 4

Next you want to figure out what type of shoe you would like. One that protects your ankles more and is heavier, or one that is lighter but protects less. If you have ankle braces already, maybe buying the lighter shoe would be a good fit. But if you want the best protection, the heavier shoe may be the way to go.

Step 5

Choose your style, but don't be too picky. When you're training for basketball, you will be running up and down a court for majority of the time. So, your feet will be moving so fast that no one will be able to tell if there is a small colored line down the edges. The only main thing to notice is the color scheme, and if you like it, buy it.

Step 6

Try them on. Just like any regular pair of shoes you would buy, try them on in the store. Put both shoes on and try and jump or make a quick change of direction. This will give you a foresight into how they'll feel on the court.

Step 7

Last, and most importantly, take care of them. Basketball shoes, being expensive, should be treated with a little more care than your regular shoes. Clean them if they are really dirty with shoe cleaner, and place some odor reducer products in them because if you're training hard enough, they will smell.

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NOTE***If you purchase indoor basketball training shoes, then DO NOT wear them outdoors. It will ruin the sole of the shoe that is specially made for the hardwood courts.

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When did you first do this & how did you get started?

I first began buying specific shoes for basketball when I was in about 4th grade. At that point, I had been playing so often that my school shoes had began tearing quickly.

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