Sport-specific athletic shoes are a very good investment for serious athletes. Perhaps it is a less critical consideration for most of us who are weekend or occasional athletes.
A good guideline is that if you play a sport three or more times a week, then a sports-specific shoe is necessary.
From a price standpoint, men and women's athletic shoes should be in the price range of $65 to $90.
These shoes are often independently evaluated for stability, cushioning and other features. It is said that if you are paying less than $60 for the athletic shoe, the materials contained in the shoe are probably not as good as those in shoes that may be in the $65 to $90 price range. If you pay more than $90 for shoes, you probably are over paying for them. Many people familiar with the shoe industry feel that shoes costing more than $90 to $100 are over priced and contributing to the manufacturer's research to develop future models of footwear.
Most people do not store their athletic shoes properly, causing them to have less than normal life spans. They put them in the car trunk or closet and the shoes deteriorate and lose their shape. Using shoe trees is very helpful to the life of the shoe.
Sports-specific shoes are usually classified as follows: