Nov 05

Shoe, Shoe, which Shoe to Choose?


I’m going to share a little secret that only my husband knows… Hello, my name is Tally and I am a shoe addict!  I LOVE shoes, but not just any kind of shoe, athletic shoes!  I even have a hard time parting with them… some are 5 years old, but I just can’t throw them out.  If I let myself, I could spend hours looking at and researching exercise shoes.  The only thing going for me is that I am pretty practical, so I don’t buy all the shoes I want.


Workout shoes are something I’m not really cheap on.  Although, if I find a pair of shoes I want and they have an ‘ugly’ color on clearance, I will usually buy the clearance shoe (I have an awesome purple and bright orange pair for this reason).  I don’t skimp because I think shoes are important to protect your feet and make exercise more comfortable, IF you get the right pair.


I wish I remember where I read it, but the article stated that you should replace your athletic shoes every 600 miles.  For example, if you walk 2 miles, 5 days a week, you will reach 600 miles in about a year.  Hmmm, sounds like a great reason to go buy some shoes, but there are so many shoes out there that it can get overwhelming trying to find the ‘perfect’ pair.  Make sure to get the correct type of shoe and don’t use the shoes you exercise in for everyday wear.  Remember, running shoes are designed for forward motion and cross trainers are designed for all direction movements.  If you want to run AND do Zumba or TurboFire, I suggest getting two different shoes (BONUS! More shoes!).  If you just don’t want two pair (and you are just a casual runner), I wear training shoes.  Running shoes just don’t give me the support I need when doing anything other than running.  Just don’t do a marathon or anything in your training shoes, they have specialty running stores where you can get fitted and get help picking out the ‘perfect’ pair.


Now which shoe should you choose?  I can’t really answer that for you.  Everyone is different, so what works for me, may not work for you, but I can tell you I always lean toward Nike.  Their shoes have always fit my feet better than any of the other brands I have tried.  My current pairs are Nike Free Run, Nike Free XT Motion, Nike Shox, & Reebok Realflex (these are a great shoe, but I still prefer my Nike’s).  I have heard that Brooks and Asics are really great running shoes, I just have not tried them… YET.


Remember DON’T take your athletic shoe shopping lightly.  You shoes can make or break your workout, which in turn can effect you reaching your goal.  Take the time to try on many pair in different brands and find the ones that work for you.  If you have a favorite shoe, please comment and let everyone know.  I would love shoe suggestions… I’ll take any reason to go check out more shoes!!  Happy Shopping!

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