There are many different shoes to wear for sport. You may be thinking that all sport shoes come under the heading trainers, which is correct in a way but there are many different variations of trainers. Depending on the type of sport you are playing or what physical activity you are involved in will depend on the type of sport shoe you should be wearing. Here is a look at some of the different sports / activities and the sport shoe you should be wearing for them.
Football Sport Shoes - typically football sport shoes are studded because you generally play outdoors, and with normal trainers you can easily go sliding on the grass. The studded boots stop you from spending half the time on your bottom and allow you to still play the game with ease and speed. If you are playing indoor football then the normal sport trainer will do as no studs are needed because you are only playing in a hall on wooden floors usually. Ridged bottomed sport shoes are better in this situation because you can still slide around which can cause injury, the ridges will stop this and allow you to move in different directions speedily without hesitation.
Running Sport Shoes - if you are runner then your footwear really is very important. Running puts pressure on your legs and knees, especially if you are running on hard surfaces such as concrete roads and pavements. Running shoes are padded and have quite a heel on them to cushion your feet from the impact of the floor. Instead of your foot smacking down on the floor which causes injury the running shoe absorbs the brunt of it so your legs and knees feel very little or nothing at all. Running shoes are quite high as well so they protect your ankles, if you have ever gone for a run in gym trainers you may have noticed that your ankles hurt and ache the day after, this is because gym shoes do not protect or give any strength to your ankles. Running shoes give them that extra security so your ankles don't hurt the next day.
Gym Trainers - sport shoes used for gym are generally a lot smaller than your average trainer you see for outdoor sports. This is because in a gym you are in a very controlled environment with soft cushioned floors, and the equipment is specially designed to make it safe for you and your body. Your trainers do not need to be as big because they do not need to absorb any impact because there isn't any. If you are doing weights or situps for example your feet are very much protected in simple and thin trainers, even if you use the running machines, the conveyor belts are so cushioned that light trainers are fine to use without causing damage to your knees or ankles.