Just how important is it to wear the right shoes? Very.
Choosing the right shoe to train in will impact your performance, reach your goals and prevent any nasty injuries form taking place. And when it comes to cross-training those running shoes you love so dearly could end up being a hindrance to your workout game.
So if you’re into your strength training, HIIT, circuits and beyond you’ll want to find a shoe that can support your diverse range of motion and activities.
We’re here to help! Read on for our top 3 reasons why you need a cross-training shoe in your life…
1. THERE IS ONLY ONE RUNNING SHOE FOR ME
Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple. Running shoes are designed for different types of people, strides, feet, and types of running. The very characteristics one person likes in a shoe may make it uncomfortable for you. The only question you should ask is “Would this shoe work for someone like me?”
2. SOME BRANDS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS
How many times have you heard runners say, “I only run in Asics,” or “What do you think of Mizunos?” The brand actually tells you very little about a shoe because every brand has a range of shoes for a variety of runners, from minimal racers to motion-control masters. Every shoe company makes a variety of models that differ in performance and fit.
3. THE SHAPE OF MY ARCH DETERMINES THE SHOE I NEED
Although it is important to know the shape of your arch, it’s more useful to determine whether you have a stable stride while running. The best way to determine this is to head to a run speciality store which specialises in slow motion running analysis. We recommend trying on and running in the shoes on a treadmill before you buy them, otherwise, you run the risk of running in something that is not appropriate for your needs.