How to choose a basketball shoe

To play basketball, and to play it well, you need a pair of shoes that boosts your skills and technique. You need to start fast, stop quickly, dodge rapidly, jump high and land safely. To make all these moves without hurting yourself you need shoes that give you speed and stability, as well as support, to protect your feet against all the inflicted stresses.

Good foot support is a must, as well as a good fit, to prevent strains and sprains. Select a shoe that gives good ankle support. This is the reason more than one third of players choose high-cut designs as they provide better stability and bracing to the ankle joint.

Fast players usually prefer lightweight shoes, which often lack good quality material. Shoes that have added design features for support and protection tend to weigh more. The choice is yours, but never compromise on quality. Durability is also important. Invest in good quality shoes and you will not regret the expense.

While playing on wooden floors you need a good hold on the ground. For landing safely, you need a sole that provides sufficient traction, not only in the forefoot area but also in the heel.

Another key feature to look for is a good shock-absorbent midsole. Materials such as EVA, polyurethane, etc., provide good cushioning. EVA is lighter, while polyurethane provides better stability. Even so, if you suffer from heel pain or have an ankle sprain, your doctor may prescribe orthotic shoe inserts. Docpods is a leading name in the field of orthotics; visit our website to see our vast range of orthotic insoles. However, it is better to avoid self-treatment and you should consult your podiatrist to select the right orthoses for you.




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THE KEY STEPS TO GETTING THE RIGHT SIZE DOCPODS:

FULL LENGTH INSOLES 

NON FULL LENGTH INSOLES 

1. Measure your existing shoe insole:

 1. Measure from your heel to ball of foot:


 

2. Then compare your measurements from above to match the product size charts below:
(you can trim to fit the insoles by approximately 1cm)


Docpods Regular Size Guide - for Slimline, 3 Quarter, Sports


  US UK EURO SLIMLINE 3 QUARTER  SPORTS 
Size  cm cm cm
Small  4-7  4-8  3-6.5  4-7.5  35-40 16  16.3  25.8
Medium  7-9   8-10  6-9  7-10  39-43  17.4 17.2  27.4
Large   9-13  10-14  8-12  9-13  42-47 19.3   18.2 29.4

Docpods Ultra Size Guide - for Ultra Soft

  XXS XS S M L XL
EURO  34  35.5-37.5  38-40  40.5-42  42.5-44  44.5-46.5
UK  2.5  3-4.5  5-6.5  7-8  8.5-9.5  10-12
US MENS  4-5  5.5-6  6.5-7.5  8-9  9.5-10.5  11-13.5
US WOMENS  3.5-5  5.5-7  7.5-9  9.5-10.5  11-12  13-14
LENGTH (cm) 23.2cm 24.9cm 26.2cm 28.8cm 30cm  31.2cm

Docpods Kids Size Guide - for Docpods Kids Fit only

  Size SPORTS  SLIMLINE
XXS 12-1  19.5cm 13cm 
XS 2-3 22.4cm  15.3cm 

Docpods Foot Pillow - Trim to Fit

  S L
US MENS  4.5 - 9  9 - 13
US WOMENS  6 - 10  10 - 14
LENGTH (cm) 26.5cm 29.2cm