Having the right type of footwear can go a long way to helping you work out effectively. In this blog, we’ll look at the typical workouts people do and what type of shoes are most appropriate.
People think that running shoes are perfect to wear in the gym, but the cushioning of running shoes aren’t too great for weightlifting because they can cause rising up of the toes, ankle instability and uneven weight distribution. Shoes with hard non-compressible soles provide a stable surface. This is ideal for your weight plus the weight you’re lifting. They should be a good fit with no movement inside the shoe. Make sure they aren’t too tight and restrictive though. This can cause discomfort and prevents proper muscle activation. Make sure they also have good grips because the last thing you want is to start sliding when you’re lifting.
If you are doing various types of activities in the gym then it’s wise to buy some kind of cross-training shoes. You’ll need grip and in addition to support and flexibility, cross trainers offer the best mix of these properties. Look for ones that have enough arch and ankle support but are light enough to keep your feet from feeling heavy and overheated.
If you spend most of your time on the treadmill then I would definitely advise investing in some specific running shoes. There is no “right” shoe. It depends on how you run and what type of foot you have. IF you have normal feet it’s best to get shoes with an emphasis on stability that has moderate control features for support. If you have a flat foot (with a low arch) it is called an overpronated foot. This means the foot strike on the outside of the heel and rolls inwards. If you have this type of foot you should get motion control shoes with firm midsoles and control features. This means staying away from overly cushioned shoes. If you have a high-arched foot you should look at buying cushioned or neutral shoes with plenty of flexibility to encourage foot motion.