The single most important piece of equipment in virtually any kind of exercise program is the RIGHT pair of shoes. This is very important and is one of the things I believe you get what you pay for. I would not do short cuts or cheaper options on this. The right shoe not only has to be comfortable, it also has to support and conform to the shape and movement of your feet.
If you do a variety of activities, go for a cross trainer. Make sure that you can’t fold the shoe at the middle or twist it like you’re wringing out a towel. If you can, it’s too flexible and won’t provide proper support. My fave cross trainers are Nike Flex Trainer 4 Cross-Trainer. Can be found here or here.
The most important thing to keep in mind for strength-training shoes is that you want to be stable, which means having your heels as close to the floor as possible. Look for a shoe with a lower to minimal heel.
Chuck Taylors. These are one of the most efficient and effective shoes for strength training and my personal favorite. You can find these for as little as $30-50. You can find them on Converse website here or at Target, Marshalls, TjMaxx.
Nike. I am a Nike girl, even though I own a pair of chucks I always seem to go back to my nikes. My favorite are Nike Free TR4 or Nike Womens Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 Cross Training Shoes. My sister got me these for my birthday and they are definitely the cutest pair I own lol. You can find them here or here.
Running shoe should flex , making sure it bends and aligns with the foot joints as they move through the running gait. This makes shoes feel lighter and more comfortable.
ASICS GEL-Lyte33 2 Can be found here.
Women’s Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit can be found here.
These are my opinions, shoes that work for me from personal experience. Remember shoes are pricey but you get what you pay for right?! 🙂
til next time Maya