Buying Cheerleading Shoes
To make sure that you start out your cheer career on the right foot, here are a few guidelines that can help you choose the right shoe.
- The Cost of Comfort: Price can be a major factor when deciding what shoes to purchase for the individual or the team. Often times cheerleading squads are under strict budget limitations or need to partake in fundraising events in order to purchase equipment. Unfortunately, a cheap shoe is not always going to be the best choice. When it comes to cheerleading shoes, often times you get what you pay for. Cheaper shoes can be lower in quality, less comfortable, and not as durable as their expensive counterparts. There are however discount vendors or vendors that will offer a discount when ordering in large quantities. Make sure to do your research before purchasing your shoes to make sure you get the best shoe for the best price.
- The Perfect Fit: Comfort is a big issue when it comes to selecting the perfect shoe. There are a few qualities that you will need to look for in a shoe if you want to make sure you choose the right one. The most important factor to consider when purchasing a cheerleading shoe is the level of support it will offer. You will need a shoe that will take you through all the stunts and jumps you will be doing throughout the year. You should also look for a lightweight shoe that allows your foot to breath. Finger grooves on the soles of the shoe will also be a useful addition that will help you through stunts where you or your cheermates will be lifted into the air. If you choose shoes that are not adequate enough, you will put yourself at risk for injury and discomfort the entire season.
- Added Bonuses: There are a few more things to consider in your search for shoes besides affordability and comfort. Obviously the availability of your team’s colors and the style your team prefers is going to play a role in what shoes to purchase. It is also important to consider what type of activities you and your team will be engaging in. If your routines are comprised of mainly difficult stunts and rigorous jumps and flips, it may be best to consider shoes that are made specifically for that. Look for brands that offer optimum cushions and flexibility. Some of the brands that are popular are Adidas, Asics, Kaepa, and Nike.
- Time Restraints: One more thing to consider before you buy shoes, especially if you’re ordering them, is the amount of time it will take for them to get to you. If you are ordering shoes for the entire team and have a performance or competition in a few days time, it may be best to find a company that has clean customer service record and can deliver your shoes on time.