Looking for the Best Basketball Shoes for Me

Published: 12th June 2009
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School has just started and I am planning to try out for my senior high school basketball team. The first step towards that goal is looking for the best basketball shoes for me. I know that there are so many brands and models - Air Jordan, Nike, Adidas, Converse, Reebok, and And1, among others - and this has me somewhat overwhelmed at the moment. Shopping for the right pair can be a bit tedious, too, as sneakers have gone a bit pricey, but then again I have made it part of my mission to use shoes coupon codes or department store coupon codes - in order to get the best price on my purchase.

I have also searched the Web as well as the advice of top experts in order to determine which shoes are most appropriate for my physical build and my level of play. Here are a few of the tips that I have gotten:

Shoes are the most important equipment for basketball players. I don't want to risk any kind of injury and sprain or break my ankle, so I have to examine the catalogs of shoes to know which ones offer the best ankle support and best fit for my feet. What with the constant starting, stopping, jumping, and lateral movements that basketball play requires, I have to prioritize support, foot stability, and shock absorption. Also, the shoes must have good traction. That way, I can be as aggressive in my style of play as possible and not worry about slipping on the court. I can't play passively especially if I am being asked to lead my team to victory!

Know what type of player you are. Falling a few inches short of six feet, I play the point guard position. I can run fast, use my agility, and move quickly from point A to point B, but I may not have the strength that other bigger and more defined players have. Thus, I should look for the models that are designed with a high ankle cut, and that which are lighter, such that I can take advantage of my quickness and speed on the court. There are specialized sneakers that have straps or special lacing systems in them for better fit and enhanced stability; these would help a lot in complimenting the type of player that I am.

Look for durability. Seeing that I may be playing basketball all throughout the school year, I am looking for basketball shoes that are built to last. I can't wear shoes whose outsoles are going to crack after just a few games, be it on the hardwood or on asphalt ground. Now, Nike and some of the other top brands may have just what I am looking for, but they may be very expensive. That's why I am compiling Altrec.com coupon codes, Sears catalog codes, Kohls promo codes, and Target.com coupons - as soon as I have singled out a specific model from a specific brand, then I can save big by selecting which store offers the best price.

David Stack is a web developer who loves to save money. He uses and posts coupon codes in his website, http://www.couponsaver.org, to help consumers save the most money possible when they're purchasing online.

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