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Men’s Athletic Shoes Buying Guide

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Men’s Athletic Shoes Buying Guide

In the past there were several brands that led the market when it came to athletics shoes, and these brands produced trainers which were generally white and designed in a fairly chunky style. Today, the market has grown and now athletic shoes are available for running, athletic training and other sports – there are many colorful shoes to choose from in a range of different styles.

eBay stocks a wide range of athletic shoes for men from all of the leading brands (and some brands that may be new to the buyer). It is possible to find the perfect athletic shoes at an affordable price on eBay.

What are Athletic Shoes?

The category of athletic shoes covers both trainers and most casual canvas training shoes. Within this category are shoes designed for running, as well as trainers designed for other sports such as football, martial arts, tennis and a wide variety of other activities.

There are many different types of athletic shoes available to choose from and eBay has a wide range, whether looking for Nike running shoes or Puma trainers for playing football.

When to Wear Athletic Shoes

Athletic shoes are designed to offer support and comfort whilst participating in sports or training, and also to enhance the athlete’s performance. Here are some of the most popular activities to take part in whilst wearing athletic shoes:

  • Football
  • Running
  • Athletics
  • Martial arts
  • Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Rock climbing
  • Abseiling
  • Hiking
  • Hill walking
  • Cycling

The list of activities is endless – if an individual is taking part in a sporting activity, the chances are they will need to wear suitable athletic shoes to protect their feet and ensure that they are comfortable.

What Types of Athletic Shoes are Available?

There are many different types, shapes and colours of athletic shoes to choose from, depending on the activity the individual is participating in. Here are some of the most popular types of athletic shoes:

Type of Shoes


Running/jogging shoes

These have cushioning to the heel and sole, a flexible fit, and are usually lightweight, with good traction for grip. They should also have good shock absorption.

Walking/hiking shoes

Should have good shock absorption, a ‘rocker sole’ designed to encourage the foot to roll naturally whilst walking and a smooth tread.

Field sports shoes (football, baseball, soccer)

These feature cleats, spikes or studs for grip on the field – usually these are removable and replaceable.

Court sports shoes (tennis, volleyball, basketball)

The most important thing about a court sports shoe is its sole – there is a lot of forwards and backwards movement on the court, so the sole needs to be supportive.

Specialist activity shoes

These are shoes of a more specialist nature, for example for skiing, golf, dancing and so forth.

Outdoor activities shoes (hunting, boating, fishing)

These should be tough, durable and provide protection against the elements.

Track and field shoes

There are shoes designed specifically for various events such as high jump – it is important to select the right shoe for the event in question.

All of these shoes and more can be found online, on websites such as eBay, and it is possible to buy used or new men’s athletic shoes at a very affordable price, compared to buying in a local footwear store.

Popular Brands of Athletic Shoes

There are many popular brands of athletic shoes to choose from, and whether or not to be swayed by a brand name is a personal decision. Leading brands such as Nike put a lot of research and technology into designing training shoes for both men and women, so by purchasing a popular brand, the individual’s performance will benefit. Here are some of the most popular brands of athletic shoes – it is easy to find most of these brands and more online on websites such as eBay.

Whilst brand is not necessarily an indicator of quality, the leading brands do spend more money and use higher quality materials to make their athletic shoes. However, it is possible to find brands at greatly reduced prices on eBay, whether buying used or new athletic shoes.

Athletic Shoes and the Latest Technology

In our modern world, technology is always moving forwards, and shoes incorporating the latest materials or cutting edge development ideas are something a bit special. The latest Adidas shoes feature ‘Energy BOOST’ technology, which claims to use special foam in its shoe lining to give the wearer more return, leading to a more efficient run.

Nike Volt running shoes were the shoe of choice during the men’s 5000m run at the Olympics last year. Nike tailored their trainers for each event with interchangeable and customizable spikes as well as their ‘Flywire’ technology, where a woven, feather-light fabric is used to create the shoe’s upper. Whilst these shoes may boost performance, buyers will pay more for the brand and the technology. But by shopping online on websites such as eBay it is often possible to find used athletic shoes at an affordable price.

Choosing the Right Athletic Shoes for You

When it comes to choosing the right athletic shoes, it is important to consider the reasons for purchase. Here are some questions men should ask themselves when shopping for athletic shoes:

  • Is it important that the shoes can be used for different activities (cross trainer shoes) or are they for one specific sport such as football?
  • Is brand important, and if so which brand specializes in the type of athletic shoes required?
  • Are brightly colored or subtler athletics shoes desired?
  • What is the available budget and would it be more practical to buy used shoes if searching for a specific brand?
  • Are used or new shoes preferred?
  • Is it important that the shoes have special technology and features – for example some running shoes have a chip with links remotely to a watch/pedometer for training?

How Buy Men’s Athletic Shoes on eBay

For men’s athletic shoes at affordable prices, eBay is the best place to start looking. Just visit eBay and click on the drop-down menu ‘Shop by Category’ at the top left of the page. This will open up a category list – under Fashion, click on Men’s Shoes. In the left-hand menu select Athletic.

There are so many different types, styles and colours of men’s athletic shoes to choose from that it can be helpful to narrow a search using a certain term if looking for something specific. Just type the words related to the search, such as ‘Nike Volt Shoes’ into the search bar, and a list of available items will appear.


Men’s athletic shoes come in a variety of different styles and types to suit all sports and activities, from spiked football shoes to lightweight running shoes with gel lining. It is important to purchase the right type of shoe for the activity in question, although it is also possible to find cross trainer shoes which can be used for a variety of different sports. The athletic shoes market is big business, and with so many brands manufacturing such a wide range of styles, colours and types of shoes, the choice available is only set to widen in the future.

eBay has a wide range of men’s athletic shoes to choose from, so whether hunting for a pair of shoes for playing tennis or browsing to see if there are any blue running shoes available, it should be easy to find a great deal on men’s athletic shoes on eBay.

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