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Shoes are an essential part of the dart setup

Understanding the Importance of shoes when playing darts

Understanding the Importance of shoes when playing darts

In darts, the significance of selecting the right pair of shoes cannot be overstated.There is nothing worse for you than playing long days of tournament darts in shoes that are uncomfortable. We take a look at the crucial role shoes play in supporting our visits to the oche and why investing in the right pair is not just a matter of fashion, but of health and improved performance.

Pro dart players understand the need for good shoes

With the professional darts calendar becoming busier by the year, pro players like Luke Littler and Nathan Aspinall have turned to quality shoes as part of their darts kit. With the PDC now allowing a comfier shoe within the rules, we are seeing players on stage upgrading their footwear.

Nathan Aspinall and Luke Littler wear mallet trainers as evidenced in Nathans instagram post pictured here

A Foundation for darts and health: Why dart shoes matter

Our feet are marvels of engineering, comprising 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. They are the foundation upon which we stand and move.

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We invest a lot in our darts setup, our personalised darts shirt and our travel to and from dart tournaments. However, we often overlook a key part of the body which is susceptible to stress and strain when kitting ourselves out. Shoes are not just accessories but are vital tools in darts that provide support, cushioning, and protection to our feet.

Support: The Arch’s Ally on the oche

One of the primary functions of a good shoe is to offer adequate arch support. The arch of the foot acts like a natural shock absorber, and without proper support, you’re at risk of developing conditions like plantar fasciitis, flat feet, or arch strain. Quality shoes have features like contoured insoles and midsoles that distribute weight evenly and reduce the impact on the feet.

Cushioning: Softening Every Step to retrieve your darts

Cushioning is another critical aspect of footwear, especially as we spend long hours standing around in between matches. It helps in mitigating the impact of the foot striking the ground, thereby preventing fatigue and discomfort when addressing the dart board. Materials like memory foam or gel provide a plush platform, ensuring that every step to the dart board is less taxing on the joints and muscles. 

Ensuring a stable stance 

Stability is a feature often overlooked but is paramount for a consistent stance on the oche. A stable shoe prevents the foot from rolling inwards or outwards excessively, maintaining proper alignment of the ankles, knees, and hips. Many people have a profound lean forwards when throwing and the stability of a good shoe can prevent back strains.

The right size for comfort and consistency

An often-neglected aspect of shoe selection is the fit. Shoes that are too tight can lead to blisters, corns, and calluses, while those that are too loose can cause friction and lack of control. Stepping up to throw in shoes that don’t fit will affect your ability to have the repetition in stance that is req uired for consistency in the throw.

Long-Term Benefits of Proper Footwear in darts

Investing in the right shoes may seem like a short-term decision, but it has long-term implications. Proper footwear can prevent chronic issues like back pain, joint problems, and muscle fatigue. It can also enhance performance, allowing you to enjoy playing darts with greater comfort.

Great shoes for darts

Obviously the shoes worn by the likes of Luke Littler, Michael Smith and Nathan Aspinall come at a price. It is key to remember the benefits of these shoes and what we are willing to spend on a set of darts (Pro player darts can come with a hefty price tag and yet we happily buy them). As with darts there are some very good shoes at affordable prices for all. Skechers have been making shoes for health and comfort for many years and here are a couple of great options to wear when playing darts.

Skechers Men’s Summits Sneaker all black comfortable trainers at between 49 and 69 pounds

Skechers Men’s Verse-Flash Point Sneakers Lace up black trainers at between 40 and 58 quid

Conclusion: Step Up Your Shoe Game

In conclusion, shoes are more than just a fashion statement; they are a critical component of our daily lives and our darting performances. Dart players spend significant time on their feet, the right pair of shoes is a non-negotiable investment in health and productivity. There is no shame in spending money on a good pair of shoes we designate for darts day. We have hundreds of pounds worth of darts and accessories in our dart cases and are always looking to upgrade our performance. So, the next time you’re shoe shopping, remember that you’re not just picking out a style – you’re choosing an essential part of your dart setup.

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