If the shoe fits, buy it in every color, right?
Whether you are planning to hit the gym a bit more seriously this year or you’re looking forward to rewarding yourself for smashing your fitness goals in 2017, getting yourself a new pair of training shoes can certainly amp up your motivation
However, deciding which shoes to buy-therein lies the dilemma.
There are a whole lot of pretty shoes out in the market and it seems like there are hundreds that would really go with a lot of your favorite gym outfits but you know you want something more than just pretty shoes. You’re looking for shoes that will not only make you look good but also feel good. Shoes that can handle workouts that are tougher than your excuses.
And they have to fit in the budget, of course.
Let me help you out a bit with this article where I narrow down the choices to the best training shoes for women.
|Nike Womens Metcon 3 Training Shoes Black/White 849807-001 Size 8.5||Check Price Now|
|Reebok Women's CROSSFIT Nano 8.0 Flexweave Cross Trainer, White/Classic White/Excel, 8 M US||Check Price Now|
|PUMA Women's Tazon 6 WN's fm Cross-Trainer Shoe Black Silver/Beetroot Purple, 8 M US||Check Price Now|
|Inov-8 Women's F-LITE 235 V2 Cross Trainer, Black/Grey, 7.5 B US||Check Price Now|
|Under Armour Women's Charged Legend Hypersplice Cross-Trainer Shoe||Check Price Now|
|New Balance Women's WX711V2 Training Shoe||Check Price Now|
|ASICS Women's Gel-Fit Yui Cross-Trainer Shoe, Black/Silver/White, 7.5 M US||Check Price Now|
|Ryka Women's Grafik 2 Cross-Trainer Shoe, Black/Grey/Pink, 10 M US||Check Price Now|
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Ready to hit the ground running this 2018? Let’s go!
The prince might have turned the kingdom upside-down looking for the one girl who would fit the glass slipper but he’s got nothing on Cinderella on the prowl for a new pair of shoes.
Shopping for training shoes is a bit different than shopping for shoes that would go with your next outfit. Aside from making you look good, it has to be tough enough to keep up with your workouts as well as versatile enough to go from jogging to weights to spin class.
There is a misconception that comfort and exercise do not go wrong together but that notion is particularly bonkers. Pain is one of the warnings your body screams when something is wrong so it should never be dismissed so easily.
Pain and discomfort are particularly demotivating and will even cause you to perform badly in the gym. Try jogging in badly fitting shoes and you will know what I am talking about.
One of the first things that you should consider when buying a new pair of shoes is if it fits you right and you are comfortable in it. This is why I mostly prefer to shop for shoes in a physical store where I can try them on and see if I’m willing to go for miles in them. But with everything going digital, this could get a lot harder.
If this is the case, try to search out which shoes provide breathability and comfort. Scrutinize sizes closely and try to read through the comments if other buyers also found the shoes true to size.
Really, the comments section is a motherlode of information.
Will you be joining a lot more spin classes this year or are you leaning towards yoga? Jogging or weightlifting?
Training shoes might be more versatile in that they can take you from the squat rack to the treadmill and if you are planning a well-rounded fitness routine this year, then you should look at shoes that can handle it. However, if you are planning to spend more time on weight training, then you need a pair of shoes that have little to no drop from the heel to the forefoot to keep your feet as close to the ground as possible.
Running shoes might be great for pounding miles underfoot but they are a totally bad idea for weightlifting. If you are planning to pound more miles underfoot this year, however, then you should get cushier shoes. Training shoes might be good for a few miles but not if you’re planning ten or more miles.
Odor and bacteria resistant? Breathability and a bit of extra support?
Gone were the days when training shoes all looked practically the same with minor variations from one pair to another. Now, with technological advances, you are looking at materials that not only offer you comfort but can also prevent that nasty odor from sweaty feet.
I have to admit that the fancy trimmings can certainly turn your head when you are looking for the best training shoes. However, you should also keep in mind that added features can also amp up the price range.
I admit it. I am a sucker for pretty shoes. I also have color preferences.
Let’s face it, a good-looking pair of training shoes can not only make you look great, they are also good for boosting motivation.
If you have a pair of aesthetically pleasing shoes with great fit and support as well as versatility, you’ve practically got it made.
Now we come to the damper of the shopping experience.
Price is the great rate-limiting step when it comes to shoe-shopping. It is what ultimately determines if you get to take the shoes home with you or not.
Generally, branded shoes with a reputation for delivering gains also come with a topnotch price tag. If they come with the fancy trimmings, expect prices to shoot higher.
Will this stop you?
Not a bit. There are also a lot of affordable shoes that can give you the same fit and comfort without cramping your style and your wallet. These might not be as fancy or popular as the well-known brands but they can deliver just as much.
Although it can be a bit pricier than some shoes on this list, the Nike Metcon 3 is probably one of the best all-around CrossFit shoes you can find. They are comfortable enough for short runs but give you the necessary stiffness and stability for those days when you need explosive force for deadlifting or squatting. These shoes are also pretty comfortable and will last you for a long, long time, which makes them a good investment.
Remember, a great pair of shoes can help you gain more while a lousy pair can hold you back in your workouts.
In the end, it is you who must decide which shoe is right for you and your level of activities. Whether you’re into cardio or studio classes or heavy lifting, there is a training shoe that will suit your needs and your feet.
Did your favorite training shoes make it on our list? Sound out in the comments below! Don’t forget to share this article with your family and friends to help them decide which training shoes to get to crush their fitness goals this 2018!
I am Mike R.Bowen, founder of Fitness On The Weekend dot Com and my aim is to help busy people find time for fitness. We will give you actionable advice on how you can keep fit and healthy even on those busy days!
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