For example, basketball shoes have a thick layer of cushioning throughout the sole with reinforced cushioning in the heel and ball of the foot to withstand the constant running, jumping and general pounding on the feet during a basketball game. Cross trainers, however, have a thin layer of cushioning without any reinforced areas.
Basketball shoes often have a thicker layer of cushioning material than cross trainers, while cross trainers often have little cushioning throughout the shoe. Basketball shoes also offer reinforced areas of cushioning near the toe and heel. This helps bring support to the player’s foot. Cross trainers do not offer any reinforced cushioning areas.
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Running shoes also provide little support for the ankle. Most basketball shoes are mid or high tops and provide ample support for you ankles. Have you ever seen a high top running shoe? Running shoes also have different traction than basketball shoes. The traction featured on basketball shoes is made specifically for basketball courts. They provide a solid grip, but still allow for fluid movements.
The Basketball Shoe. Basketball shoes are specifically designed for the intensity of the game. Sports scientists at the University of Utah point out that on average, basketball players switch direction every two seconds and run 105 short sprints every game.
Running shoes are built for heel-to-toe movement and the higher heel drop in running shoes comes from added support and cushioning. Take these shoes on tracks and runs. Training shoes are for multi-directional movement, especially lateral (side-to-side) movement. The sole of a training shoe is flatter, making it more flexible to allow a wide ...
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And training shoes vs. running shoes is no exception. Wearing the wrong shoes while exercising may lead to unnecessary discomfort and increase your risk of injury. If you want to keep your body properly supported, you need to wear appropriate shoes for your exercise plans for the day.