Although volleyball is not a contact sport and does not require long distance running, finding volleyball shoes that fit right is very important to your safety and performance. Volleyball players are constantly exposed to extremely high ground reaction forces with each jump, shuffle and landing.  Properly fitting volleyball shoes can help to protect your feet and ankles from injury as well as alleviate stress on your knees as you jump.


Volleyball shoes should be secure on your feet to provide stability, but not too snug. You should allow for a thumb-width between your big toe and the top cap of the shoe to provide space for your toes as they expand and swell throughout activity. The shoe should fit comfortably from the minute you put it on — you should not feel the need to stretch the sole of the back of the shoe in order to make for a comfortable fit. The heel of your shoe can have some room, but your foot should not be able to slip out of the shoe while it is tied.  A slipper like fit is recommended as most volleyball players wear ankle braces [1, 2]

Shoe Measurements

When shopping for new volleyball shoes, bring the same type of socks you plan on wearing while you play to use to  try on the shoes, Try your shoes on at the end of the day as this is when your feet tend to be the largest — this is especially true if you spend a lot of time on your feet each day. When you try shoes on, try them both on. Your shoes should be fitted to your larger foot.  Remember  a slightly bigger shoe is preferable than a “just right” fitting shoe.











image: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Women’s_Volleyball_-_BRA_vs._CUB.jpg.  Accessed 4/17/2012

[1]http://www.ridethatpony.com/volleyball_shoes.html. Accessed 4/28/2012

[2] http://womensvolleyballshoeschoice.com/Find-the-Shoe-For-You!-Shoe-Fitting-Tips-For-Foot-Health.html.  Accessed 4/28/2012


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