Friday, July 6, 2012

How to make sure your cheer shoes fit properly

Since most cheerleading shoes are only available to purchase online, the shoe buying process can get rather exhausting and sometime expensive if the shoes do not fit properly the first time around. Many people will make due with what they have if it is only a 1/2 size difference; however, you should not just "make due" when it comes to cheer shoes. Improperly fitting shoes can result in injury which is why it is so important to ensure they fit properly.

If possible, the first thing you want to do is to go in a local shoe store and have your foot measured with a Brannock device. This will give you a standard measurement of your foot. Once you have your foot size you can then choose the appropriate sized shoe depending on how the shoe runs. Some shoes run small and some run big, so the Brannock measurement will give you the best starting point.
Brannock Device
When you first try on your cheer shoes, you want to consider how the length fits. On a normal street shoe, you typically want about a thumb width of room to compensate for growning and for just overall comfort. While this is ideal within cheer shoes there are a couple things to consider. The first is how much room you actually need for growing. If you are growing steadily, the thumb width will be ideal, not too big and not too small. For the girls who like to have their shoes fit snug without a thumb width, make sure you walk around and do some jumps to ensure the front part of the shoe will not bother you when you are cheering.

Many times we take shortcuts in purchasing and trying our shoes on. Having a shoe that fits correctly can also increase safety. Whether you are a base, tumbler or flyer, having an ill fitting shoe can put you and your teammates at risk. Taking the time and ensuring proper fit is important and can prevent pain and injuries all while increasing safety.

If you would like help with sizing, we can give you our best recommendations based on previous experience fitting teams. Leave a comment or call us at 877-200-4944., for all of your cheer and dance footwear needs.

1 comment:

  1. Hi! I'm buying the nfinity evolution shoe but I'm unsure on sizing. My left foot is a perfect size 6.5 but my right foot is closer to a 7. In the 6.5 my right foot's big toe is touching the end of the shoe, but its not painfully squashed. I'm not sure if I should stick with the 6.5 for a tight fit (especially seeing as I'm a flyer) or if it would be better to size up to the 7? What is your advice? Thank you so much.