Gain better results when you align your shoes to your fitness routine

By Monina Mejias | Photo by Jakob Owens/Unsplash

Picking the wrong shoes could go three ways: you either end up with sore feet, a sprain or on a stretcher. Case in point, with the wrong shoes, you’re always going to get hurt. By choosing the right pair, not only will you avert the possibility of injuries but also make your workouts more effective.

Since different types of exercises require different movements, your shoes should be able to keep up with you as well. For instance, someone who would do CrossFit, which requires a lot of high-intensity interval training, plyometrics, and lifting, the best option is “a flat-soled shoe with minimal cushioning,” says CrossFit Hollywood founder Andy Thompson to Well + Good, and a thick toe cap to protect your toes from burpees and other heavy workouts that CrossFit requires, which, for example, the Reebok Crossfit Nano 8 Flexweave can easily adjust to. 

For those scouting for running shoes, motion control pairs would work best since they have a good mix of support, cushion, and fit. They also obviously minimize excess motion. This specific type of shoe lessens the stress on joints and corrects stride, which would help avoid possible injuries. Lighter running shoes are best for speed workouts while heavier ones are good for prolonged running because of their thicker padding and supportive technology. If you liked the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, you should check out the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 for its innovative GuideRails holistic bilateral support system, which helps the heel stay in place and lessen heel eversion that could lead to knee issues.

Since different types of exercises require different movements, your shoes should be able to keep up with you as well. For instance, someone who would do CrossFit, which requires a lot of high-intensity interval training, plyometrics, and lifting, the best option is “a flat-soled shoe with minimal cushioning

For boxing, since it requires constant shifting from one foot to another, the shoes need to be lightweight, tight around the ankles, and, most importantly, comfortable like the Adidas Speedex 18. These shoes were built with the fundamentals of boxing in mind: ultralight with maximum support. Loose shoes will only disrupt your balance while shoes that are too flat might give you numb toes. For beginners, you can check out the Adidas Combat Speed 5 with a breathable upper that will keep your feet cool and could also be used for other mat or gym workouts like wrestling. 

For aspiring hikers, your shoes would depend on your trail’s difficulty level but nonetheless, hiker shoes should meet these three basic requirements: grip, durability, and traction. Hikers know the struggle of having to break into their shoes before being comfortable in them but with the Danner Mountain 600, aside from meeting the three basic requirements, it virtually requires zero break-in time. For a more difficult trail, the Merrell Men’s Moab 2 waterproof hiking boot is one to consider. It has a stable Vibram sole that provides better grip when traveling in jagged slopes and bumpy trails.

Another type of recreational workout that’s common among fitness enthusiasts today is dance-based cardio like Zumba, yoga, spinning, and even freestyle. For this type of fitness routine, you need to look for shoes that have a lot of support and cushioning especially at the arch and the heel to avoid sprains like the Nike Revolution 4. These shoes are not only good because of their capability to adjust to twists, spins, and drops but they also have a variety of colors and designs to choose from to match your outfit.

Though style may be a great selling point in buying shoes, it’s important to keep in mind the different features to have a more impactful workout that will get you the results you desire. Shoes are there to help beat records and not slow you down.

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