5 Questions Every Woman Should Ask Before Buying Sneakers

Whether your plans include long nature hikes near a gorgeous lake, or simply kicking back with your besties, a great pair of kicks can make your summer days (and nights) even better! Comfortable and fashionable women’s sneakers are so on trend this summer — with styles ranging from sporty and athleisure-inspired to chic and street-ready. In the market for a new pair of summer sneakers? Make the process and easy and fun with this easy sneaker buying guide. Here are five questions every woman should ask herself before purchasing a new pair of kicks.

  1. What type of sneakers do I need?

Believe it or not, there are several different types of sneakers out on the market today. So you’ll need to have a clear idea of where you will be wearing your sneakers, and what kinds of activities you’ll be doing in them. This helps ensure you buy the right pair of shoes for your lifestyle. For example, athletic sneakers are imperative to train for and run a marathon — but they may be too clunky or unfashionable for wearing as stylish travel shoes. Comfortable fashion sneakers, like the ones from OTBT Shoes, are a much better option for traveling as well as casual everyday wear. Do you research to determine which types of sneakers you need to look for — travel, fashion, athletic, comfort, etc. This will give you a better idea of where to be looking and what you want to find.

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2. What features do I want?

Once you’ve figured out which type of women’s sneakers you’ll need, you need to decide what features are the most important to you, and what, if anything, you’re willing to compromise on. If comfort is your number one priority, seek out sneakers made that have cushioning or are made of softer materials. If you want to find sneakers that are easy to pack in a suitcase, check out lightweight styles like the ones from OTBT’s Travel Lite collection. Figuring out what features are important to you can help give you some guidance when making your purchase decision. It’s also helpful information to tell store associates, who can then further assist you with sneaker buying tips and by showing you styles and brands you may want to consider.

3. Which styles appeal to me the most?

After deciding on sneaker type and features, now comes the fun part — picking the design of your kicks. Sneakers come in several different styles — fun and quirky, chic and stylish, rugged and sporty — just to name a few. Plus, the construction of sneakers can also vary from shoe to shoe, from the traditional lace-up sneakers to slip-on styles with the stylish side zippers. When looking at women’s sneakers, keep in mind the styles that appeal to you the most. If you’re not sure, feel free to do a little bit of research into sneaker trends and styles. You may be surprised to find exactly what’s available to you.

4. What colors do I like?

This may seem like a very superficial think to ask yourself, but it’s still a very important part of your purchase decision. Color can often make or break a pair of sneakers, so it’s smart to think about what you want when you invest in a pair. Neutral colored kicks will never go out of style and pair with multiple outfits — but some may consider them too boring. Conversely, trendy colors like blush are a lot of fun to wear and style, yet they may not be as timeless or versatile years down the road. Keep all this in mind when you’re looking to buy a new pair of sneakers.

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5. How much am I willing to spend?

Cost is definitely an important factor when it comes to selecting a pair of sneakers that are right for you. This may narrow down your choices dramatically, or perhaps open up new options for you that you may not have even considered. While inexpensive footwear exists, keep in mind that you’ll get exactly what you pay for. So if buying a pair of durable, high-quality women’s sneakers is important to you, you may want to spend a little more money on your purchase. Consider it an investment in the health and comfort of your feet, as well as your overall happiness and well-being.

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