There’s no denying that sneakers are a staple in any woman’s wardrobe as they can provide edge, comfort, and balance to any outfit. However, not all shoes are created equal, making it important to select your sneakers with care.

“The best sneakers are those that fit and feel the best, and this is determined simply by walking around in them in the store,” says Dr. Ernest L. Isaacson, a New York City-based podiatrist. “If they feel good, they will probably continue to do so, and if they feel tight or uncomfortable, they will not undergo a magical transformation to comfortable in the bag on the way home.”

In addition to comfort, Dr. Isaacson also suggests that there are other important factors to consider before ordering your next pair of shoes. Check out his helpful tips for finding the right pair of sneakers for your lifestyle below.

Consider the purpose of the sneaker
“Just like our own lives, we have to consider the larger purpose of the sneaker,” Dr. Isaacson explains. Sneakers are generally designed to be sport specific, he suggests, and cross trainers are made for a variety of activities including the gym.

Consider your frame
“Always consider the foot that’s going into the sneaker and the body to which it’s attached,” Dr. Isaacson advises. Generally, a heavier frame demands a heavier and more supportive shoe, which is generally not appropriate for a lighter frame.

Look for support and flexibility
“Look for a shoe that’s supportive and flexible enough to bend in the hand, but not too easily,” Dr. Isaacson explains. Runners should consider a lighter shoe (no more than eight to 10 ounces) for most frames, and look for it to last about 250 to 300 miles, he suggests.

Still not sure where to start shopping? Check out our top five sneaker recommendations below.

Reebok Royal Bridge 2.0 Sneaker $59.99

Featuring a cushioned footbed and a hidden wedge heel, this sneaker makes it easy to pull off the trendy athleisure look without hurting your feet in the process.

Vionic Satima Active Sneaker $139.95

These sneakers are great for those who love a good sweat session in the gym as they provide stability, flexibility, and are equally lightweight and breathable.

Brooks Levitate 2 $150

Runners will adore this sneaker, which features a soft and stretchy heel collar wrap and a special Achilles guard.

Ryka Dash 3 Walking Shoe $59.99

Stay active with this walking shoe, which provides an anatomical insole to provide extra arch and heel support.

OTBT Unison Sneakers $128.95

The fashionable sneaker keeps your feet snug and comfortable with a chunky yet lightweight sole and breathable design.

xx, The FabFitFun Team

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