If you’re anything like me, you want your workout shoes to be just as fabulous as the others in your closet. But how do you make sure they’re functional as well as fly? Well, here are a few tips I’ve gathered from friends over the years. Some I’ve done better at actually utilizing on my own (you’ll see what I mean later), and some I know from first-hand experience make all the difference for your feet and your confidence. Check them out below!
Determine the Purpose of the Shoes — ie: What sport or activity will you be doing with these shoes? I know it sounds ridiculous, but I’ve made the mistake in the past of wearing the right shoes for the wrong activity. Trust me — nothing feels worse than wearing running shoes while doing Zumba. No that’s not true, actually wearing dance shoes while biking is pretty horribly comparable. So make sure that when you are researching your athletic shoe, you have in mind what kind of workout you’re looking to do. If you’re planning to partake in a few different types of activities (the beauty of a gym membership), be prepared to purchase a few different pairs. Your feet will thank you later.
Invest in a good pair — Here’s where I’m totally guilty of doing the opposite of this advice and just picking up a pair of old sneakers in my closet to go workout in, but it’s definitely not what I would suggest anyone ever do. For one, old sneakers are called old for a reason. The support they probably provided initially is most likely completely gone. Also, when you purchased them, you probably didn’t do it with a specific workout in mind. So not only would you be violating this tip, you’d be violating tip #1 as well! Bonus reasons for investing in a good pair — you’re investing in you and your healthy future, but you’re also making a financial commitment to your workout journey. And I truly believe you can tell what’s important to someone by looking at where they spend their money.
Typically, you want to go up at least a 1/2 size when you buy — The last thing in the world you want is to have scrunched up feet while working out. Man, it is not a good look. And you can tell who didn’t follow this tip when you’re in a gym class. You see their feet bulging out of the shoe. They look all kinds of uncomfortable. And most of all, they are probably not able to perform at their highest level because their feet hurt! Listen — we all know the importance of protecting your feet when you work out. Well, allowing your feet room to expand (which they do as the day goes on), flex, and for your toes to be able to move are all a part of protecting those tootsies. Get that bigger size, girl.
If you can afford to splurge, go to one of the stores that fits you for a pair. I know what you’re thinking. I shop for shoes all the time; I don’t need someone to help me shop for athletic shoes. But you do. Because you’re probably doing it all wrong. If you go to one of these shops, while it won’t be all that cheap, they will be able to help you get the shoes that will eliminate whatever problems you normally have with your sneakers. Have problems with your arch? They’ll know what to do. Have really straight feet that feel uncomfortable when you bike? They’ll know what to do for that. Looking to find something that works for that obscure workout you want to try? I’m sure they can help you with that too. Basically, trust the experts. They most likely will not steer you wrong.
Can you all think of any other tips I’ve missed here?