May 22, 2022

STEPN Sneakers Guide: Choosing Your First Pair of NFT Sneakers

What Is STEPN?

You may have already read a review of the Move-to-Earn game STEPN on our website. In this article, we take an in-depth look at the important part of the game β€” choosing your sneakers.

How to choose STEPN sneakers

Before you buy sneakers in STEPN, download the app and run for 10 minutes in running mode without sneakers. This is so that you can find the right type of sneaker for you.

There are a total of 4 types of sneakers in STEPN. The right sneaker for you depends on your average running speed.

Sneakers selection

To determine your average running speed, go to the app home page and press START.
Run for 10 minutes at your comfortable pace, or just walk if you cannot run.
After 10 minutes, press the Pause button and press the red STOP button. You will see your average running speed on the screen.

  • If the average speed is 1 to 6 km/h, the WALKER will do.
  • If the average speed is 1 to 10 km/h, the JOGGER will do.
  • If the average speed is 8 to 20 km/h, the RUNNER will do.

TRAINER sneakers allow you to earn regardless of your rhythm, they are profitable at speeds of 1 to 20 km/h. You can both walk and run fast at will. This means you don't have to stick to the bottom line and push yourself (like on the RUNNER) or, on the contrary, deliberately slow yourself down without exceeding 10 km/h (like on the JOGGER).

 How do I increase my STEPN shoes energy?

How do I increase my energy?

The energy depends on the number of trainers you have.

If you have only 1 or 2 sneakers, 2 energy is charged per day for 24 hours. Every 6 hours, 25% of your energy is replenished. In this case, it is 0.5 energy.

One energy = 5 minutes of running.

So, in 24 hours, you can only run for 10 minutes with 1 or 2 running shoes.

If you have 3 regular running shoes, then you receive 4 energy per day instead of 2. Every 6 hours, 1 energy will be replenished.

If you have 1 unusual sneaker, you are given 1 extra energy. For example:

You have 2 regular (grey) and 1 unusual (green) sneaker. Your total energy would be 5 units. 4 energy for 3 sneakers +1 energy for unusual sneakers.

With each additional unusual sneaker there will be +1 until the total number of sneakers equals 9. Even 9 regular sneakers will give a new energy boost.

  • 1 sneaker - 2 energies - 10 minutes
  • 3 sneakers - 4 energies - 20 minutes
  • 9 sneakers - 9 energy - 45 mins
  • 15 sneakers - 12 energy - 60 mins
  • 30 sneakers - 20 energy - 100 minutes

Once you've decided on the type of trainer you want, you need to decide on the quality of the trainer. How to Increase Your Energy.

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STEPN Sneakers quality

There are several variations on the quality of sneakers. The better the quality, the more benefits they offer. The quality of the sneaker determines the number of points you receive for upgrading the sneaker, as well as the amount of extra energy and the basic starting parameters.

The quality of the trainers also affects the price of level upgrades and the price of mint.

Common gray (common)

Common gray (common)

  • Price: 10 SOL on average
  • Points per level: 4 points per level
  • Extra Energy: None
  • Base: Each attribute has a minimum of 1 max. 10 to start
  • Mint Price: 200 to 800 GST
Uncommon green (uncommon)

Uncommon green (uncommon)

  • Price: 50 SOL on average
  • Points per level: 6 points per level
  • Extra Energy: +1 for each sneaker
  • Base Parameters: Each parameter has a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 18
  • Mint Price: 800 to 2400 GST
Rare Blue (rare)

Rare Blue (rare)

  • Price: 350 SOL on average
  • Points per Level: 8 points per level
  • Extra Energy: +2 for each sneaker (info to be specified)
  • Base Parameters: Each parameter has a minimum of 15, and a maximum of 35 at the start
  • Mint Price: (Now no exact info)

Epic Purple (epic)

  • Price: 600 SOL on average
  • Points per level: 10 points per level
  • Extra Energy: +3 for each sneaker (information to be specified)
  • Base Parameters: Each parameter has a minimum of 28 and a maximum of 63
  • Mint Price: (Now no exact info)

Legendary Oranges (legendary)

  • Price: Not yet in the game
  • Points per Level: 12 points per level
  • Extra Energy: +4 for each sneaker (information to be specified)
  • Basic parameters: each parameter minimum 50, maximum 110 units at the start (information to be specified)
  • Mint Price: (Now no exact info)

There are currently 4 different sneaker qualities available in the game. Ordinary, Extraordinary, Rare and Epic. The legendary ones will be added to the game at a later date.

Sneaker attributes

Wear and repair sneakers

It's also worth talking about wear and tear in STEPN, as this parameter directly affects how much tokens are earned. Initially, the wear level is 100, which means that the sneakers are completely repaired. After each training session, the sneakers will wear out and their efficiency will drop as follows:

  • When the wear drops to 50 units, the efficiency of the sneaker drops to 90%. For example, instead of 10 GST for 1 minute of movement, you will get 9 GST. That is, the repair is not critical, the sneaker can still be worn.
  • When the wear drops to 10, the efficiency of the sneaker drops to 10%. For example, instead of 10 GST, you will get 1 GST per 1 minute of movement. So, the repair is ALREADY critical, the trainers are ineffective and yield very few tokens.

STEPN shoes repair costs 

The repair cost depends on the level of the sneaker. The strength attribute does not affect the repair price itself, but the amount of wear and tear removed per workout. In other words, strength 10 will result in 2.5 units of wear, and 15 will result in 2 units of wear.

The table below shows the level of the sneaker, and the cost per unit of repair for common and uncommon rarity sneakers.

Sneaker level

Common Rarity (GST)

Uncommon Rarity (GST)

0

0.30

0.40

1

0.31

0.41

2

0.32

0.43

3

0.33

0.45

4

0.35

0.46

5

0.36

0.48

6

0.37

0.50

7

0.38

0.51

8

0.40

0.53

9

0.41

0.55

10

0.42

0.57

11

0.44

0.60

12

0.46

0.62

13

0.48

0.64

14

0.50

0.66

15

0.52

0.69

16

0.54

0.71

17

0.56

0.74

18

0.58

0.77

19

0.60

0.80

20

0.62

0.83

21

0.64

0.86

22

0.67

0.89

23

0.70

0.92

24

0.72

0.95

25

0.75

1.00

26

0.78

1.03

27

0.81

1.06

28

0.83

1.11

29

0.87

1.14

30

0.90

1.18

When to carry out repairs

It does not make much difference when to repair your sneakers, as long as they have a wear level higher than 51. You can repair your sneaker after every training session, or you can postpone it for a while to earn more tokens. You should not allow the wear level to fall below 51, as this will have a negative effect on your earnings.

STEPN Sneaker attributes

In STEPN each sneaker has 4 types of attributes:

  • Efficiency. The higher this attribute, the more GST tokens you can earn.
  • Luck. The higher this attribute, the higher the chance of winning boxes.
  • Comfort. The higher this attribute, the higher the chance of earning GST tokens.
  • Resilience. The higher this attribute, the less GST tokens you have to spend on repairs.

There are also 4 gem slots in each sneaker, which are unlocked as the level of the sneaker increases. Gems give a boost to your basic stats.

Find out more about choosing sneakers at STEPN in the video below:

Conclusion

So, we've looked at all the options that sneakers have in the STEPN game. For a beginner, the best choice would be a JOGGER sneaker. They have balanced features, gem slots, and are relatively inexpensive. The payback period for this type of trainer is one and a half to two months.

Disclaimer

Play-and-earn games can be highly risky due to price volatility. It is worth remembering that the tokens used by STEPN are not only in-game currency, but also cryptocurrency traded on an exchange. This type of investment requires a balanced approach. Gamers' investment in the game could suffer. We do not encourage you to invest your money in such products, and we are not responsible for any money lost. All investments you make are at your own risk.

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Jack Evans


I became a crypto asset owner in 2014, when the industry was in its infancy. Before that, I was working in the classic US and European stock markets. Since then, I have gained extensive experience in both cryptocurrency investing and day trading. I am happy to share with readers my experience with crypto exchanges, DeFi and NFT instruments.
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