For Elite athletes to perform at their best, they need the best gear custom made for their preferences. Lebron James, for example, wears his signature shoes exclusively made by sneaker giant, Nike. The pride of India, world’s number one badminton player, Saina Nehwal wears her Yonex Power Cushion shoes.
What made athletes choose such brands? Is it because of their popularity? Is it because it’s profitable for them? All of the answers to the questions asked before is a yes. However, there’s more to it than just money and fame.
Whether it’s for working out or playing sports, the shoes that an individual wears is very crucial. Gym shoes require proper protection. If light shoes become the trend in gym shoe fashion, then prepare to see a lot of swollen toes. It’s important to note that a shoe should fit the event and occasion the wearer is attending.
Aside from looking stylish, athletes need all the protection from elements. A take off for a dunk attempt requires power and speed to execute. After the dunk, a landing could hurt an athlete if no protection is available. This advantage is one of the many reasons why athletes prefer their customized shoes.
Here is a look at the most stylish and versatile shoes for sports.
Nike Lebron 11
One of the best shoes to come out of Lebron’s line, The Nike Lebron 11 is stylish and versatile at the same time. It is elegant and sharp, and contours look that is very intimidating. Although it looks thick, the shoe itself is very light and made out of materials that allow ventilation and air flow. Due to its maximum protection, the shoes can easily be worn in gyms and workouts.
The Nike Lebron 11 is specifically for Lebron James, a 6’8 ft, 250 lbs elite athlete. The protection he needs from his high-flying dunks and quick aggressive drives are demanding. Make no mistake though, even if the materials are light, they provide a lot of protection especially towards the ankle of the wearer.
Adidas Messi 16.1
Another stylish shoe to hit the market, Leo Messi’s signature cleats, the Messi 16.1 that provides excellent grip while running the soccer fields. The shoe is for fast pace turning and power kicking. It is extremely light and very comfortable to wear. The spikes on the bottom are not too long and provide a tender yet firm grip.
Yonex Power Cushion 03 Z
Although not as famous as other counterparts, Saina Nehwal prefers the comfort and versatility that Yonex provides to its owner. As we all know, badminton demands agility in an absolute form. Without protection, a badminton player can risk serious injury.
Gladly, Yonex supports the pride of India as the world’s number 1 female badminton player, Saina Nehwal with small yet sturdy shoes to perform at elite levels. The power cushion is so good at cushioning shocks that an egg inside it will bounce back without damage even when landing on solid floors.
It’s no surprise that elite athletes demand high-performance gears. These shoes help provide a cushion, protection, and a small edge for athletes and ordinary people alike. Of course, the likes of Lionel Messi and Saina Nehwal are big names. And big names deserve to wear shoes that not only perform well but look stylish as well.
About The Author:
Javier Olivo is a stylist and a writer. He is particularly interested in sports and how fashion styles affect the performance of particular products such as shoes, jerseys, and accessories. Javier is also an aspiring athlete. In his free time, he likes playing basketball and football.