I know there a lot of questions when it comes to sneakers. Which ones for what class? Should I run in them? How long should I keep them? We(Shawn and I) go through a lot of sneakers. It is so important to keep your feet healthy and supported during various movements. Here is a short list of my favorites for women. Shawn will post about his fav's later.
The only sneakers I do not really like are Nike, due to their grip and they are too narrow for my foot. That does not mean they are a bad sneaker for you. If you've been wearing Nike's forever, than do it!! LOL. What I see, as a trainer, is a lot of people in the wrong shoes for their chosen activity. For instance, when I see a client wearing running shoes, that are meant for long distance with a high cushioned heel, attempting to understand driving through the heels in a back squat, I tend to cringe. Most people just don't know and have never been told any different and think they can do anything in their workout shoe.
So here are a few tips:
First, replace sneakers every 3 months if you use them on a regular basis to train.
Second, Ask your self some questions analyzing what a good shoe should provide.
1. Is it breathable? A little mesh goes a long way! When working up a good sweat, you want shoes that won't hold the dampness in. You want to prevent overheating and need enough mesh to make sure the whole foot can breathe, not just a portion.
2. Will it protect your feet? You want to look fro a shoe that has a great grip for performing on various terrains without worrying about instability. Also, a little shock absorption to prevent stress on joints in high intensity situations.
3. Is the sole too lifted off the ground? You want to be sure that you have enough support while having it thin enough to be able to feel the ground under you.
4. Are your toes restricted? You do not want to restrict your toes as they expand to grip the ground under you as you run, jump, squat, whatever. Too much room is no good either. You may have to try several in order to find the right fit for you.
Below are a few of my fav's: Don't get crazy here...these are options only. There are literally thousands and these are the ones that work in our studio for our activity level that I have first hand knowledge of. My suggestion is to go to our local Fleet Feet on Wolf Rd. and try various sneakers on. They will help you choose which sneaker is right for you, your anatomy and your chosen sport.
Here are my picks from New Balance: The Fresh Foam trainer. Great for cross-training and offers support for forefoot for lateral movements! Think speed skaters people!!