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Women's sport shoes: Get ready to fly!

Never wear your fashion trainers to the gym or the track! Women's sports shoes are specially designed for your active days, and no wardrobe is complete without a pair. If you're a dedicated athlete, you'll want to have at least a couple of pairs; look for the right ones for your discipline, for both safety and performance. If you're more of a casual gym-goer, then an all-purpose pair of sports shoes will do just fine. Now you've got no excuse to skip the gym!

Choosing sport shoes for safety

Your women's sport trainers shouldn't be too snug, as you may find that your feet swell during training. This means it's usually a good idea to buy half a size bigger than normal. It's important to know that not all sport shoes are designed equally. Running shoes, for example, will cushion your feet as long as you keep moving forwards, while indoor shoes for badminton or basketball are designed for sideways movements. Bathing shoes are ideal for snorkelling or rock pool exploration, being lightweight but strong enough to protect against sharp rocks. Whatever you choose, remember that you'll need to replace your trainers every so often for safety and performance. If you're a runner, you should be looking for a new pair every 500 to 750 km. Keep the old outdoor shoes to wear to the gym on non-cardio days, and never wear your specialist trainers when you're not practising sport – you'll just wear them out quicker.

How to look cool in sports shoes

A pair of sport trainers should be practical above all else, but they can still look cool. Choose fun activewear in your favourite colours to go with them. If you want to look your best, then put on special sportswear. An old T-shirt and worn-out pair of leggings will never make the perfect outfit! It doesn't matter if you prefer tight or loose-fitting sportswear – just make sure it fits properly, and you'll look great in your sporty trainers. Choose bright colours that will perk you up and get in you in the mood for training, or stick with classic black if you don't want to draw attention to yourself. Remember to wear something reflective if you're running outdoors, especially in winter or if you like to go out at night. A bright pair of women's sport shoes can work well for this.