Changing our lifestyles not only causes us to accept the fact that 50% of the time, we’ll be covered in sweat from working out so much, but it also causes us to buy proper athletic wear. Mainly footwear. Having proper protection, comfort, and performance from our footwear is extremely important.
How does one decide on which footwear to choose from? Think some things through. First off, are you planning on doing a lot of running and jogging, or are you going to be doing more aerobics, weight training, and kickboxing workouts? That plays a big role in which shoes to pick. Other information to be aware of is the type of foot you have. Wearing the wrong type of shoe can cause us serious pain in out knees, and can cause early arthritis.
Let’s take a look at some options that are either versatile or perfect for a particular type of workout.
First off, I know what you’re thinking – a sandal? Yes, a sandal. Bedrock started by two men fresh out of college whose vision was to create a minimalist footwear perfect for adventures. There’s a lifetime warranty on these shoes so don’t worry about a strap breaking or the sole ripping. These shoes are perfect for every type of exercise – hiking, running, walking, biking and more. Bedrocks are extremely comfortable, and if you’re worried about your toes getting colder as the weather changes, don’t stress because toe socks are luckily an invention.
(Bedrock Sandals: $70-$86)
Personally, Nike is one of my favorite brands to look at when searching for a good running shoe. I own a great pair of black and white Nike Free shoes that have been with me through thick and thin. Yes Nike is going to be on the pricier side, but it’s all worth it because their shoes can survive about anything – plus they cater to many needs like cross training, biking, skateboarding, and even lacrosse! The Nike Free series are a collection of shoes that are lightweight, cushioned, and make it feel so natural when running. Another great thing is that you can customize your Nike’s to any preference you may have. (Nike: $40-$200)
If you’re looking for a shoe to keep you stable while you walk, jog, or run, then consider Asics as the way to go. Their shoes, like Nike, come in an array of colors and patterns. If you’re looking for something that’s lite and makes you feel fast, try their Gel Quantum 360 ($170). A shoe that’s gel cushioned, it provides stability that benefits the ankles and knees. Another to test is Gel-Harmony TR 2 ($90), which are perfect for cross training. It’s a flexible shoe that cushions the heel, so we get that amazing support!
For the actual best cushioning for you foot, go with New Balance. If you’re a sufferer of high arched feet, also go with New Balance – mostly because of the first statement made. The New Balance Fresh Foam 980s ($80) are the way to go if you’re looking for all of that in a day hiking shoe. The shoes have amazing traction to help keep you gripped to any uphill, downhill, or rocky terrains. Their Fresh Foam shoes are also perfect for any sort of cross training due to their lightweight material that will help make you feel as fast a lightning.
There are many other name brands you could go with when trying to find new athletic shoes – Puma, Reebok, and others are all amazing. Just keep in mind the tips given on how to look for shoes. If you’re still unsure, you can easily ask someone at the store you’re at for help. Don’t be afraid to test the shoe out in the store too, you should do a walk and jump test to make sure it’s comfortable in all the right places. Also, don’t be afraid to play with colors and patterns, sometimes we need shoes to match our personality and if that means buying lime green running shoes, then that’s okay!