Zion Williamson was wearing Nike PG 2.5 sneakers when one tore apart during a game between Duke and North Carolina recently leading to an injury.
How is this possible?
A large amount of emphasis is put on shoe weight and softness nowadays. The lighter the shoe the better the expected performance. There is a lot more involved in choosing a shoe than checking how soft and how light it is irrespective of the sport you are playing.
Bodyweight and overall frame size, foot width and girth and playing style are all factors to consider. What works for a Slim 5-foot 10 male with narrow feet is not necessarily suitable for a 95 kg, 6’2″ male with a wide foot. Most individuals do not take this into consideration.
How can you prevent this from happening?
Nowadays, sports shoes have a lifespan of nine months to one year. However, if you are a very aggressive sports person and your shoe is used almost daily in that lifespan can be cut down to 3 to 6 months. Looking at the outer sole trade whether it is one down is not the right way to look for wear and tear. Looking for creases, signs of compression, in the midsole is how you detect sports shoe wear and tear.
If you are heavyweight reconsider selecting the latest show in a particular category. Instead, go for the one that is more robust. Make sure that the length and the with of the shoe is fitted correctly taking into consideration for the expansion during sport. While there are a lot more factors to consider, these are the main ones to prevent the issue from splitting or exploding during sport.