What's in an athletic shoe?

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Understanding shoe lingo can help you sort through the many styles and brands of athletic shoes. Here are a few features that can affect fit and function. 1. Roll bar: This stabilizes your foot if it tends to roll inward when striking the ground. 2. Insole: This cushions and supports your foot and arch. 3. Upper: This holds the shoe on your foot. A mesh upper allows better ventilation than a leather or synthetic upper. 4. Toe box: This is the space for your toes. A roomy and round toe box helps prevent calluses.

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