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Everyone wants to get the most out of their workouts. That’s why it’s essential to wear the appropriate footwear for the specific exercise you are doing. Different workouts require different shoes. That’s why we will discuss the best women’s shoes for every type of workout, so you can always get the most from your sweat sessions!
First, consider which socks you’ll wear with the shoes. The thickness of the socks will impact the way the sneakers fit. I’ve been wearing these socks exclusively for years. I love them because they do not move. I never have to give them a second thought when working out (I even converted my husband). With athletic shoes, try them on in the socks you plan on using to workout. Also, they should be comfortable from the moment you put them on.
1. Running Shoes
These soft, cushiony shoes, are the ones most of us think of when we think of athletic sneakers. They will feel light in your hands and have arch support. My recommendation is the flyknit, a shoe I continue to re-buy when the last pair runs out. They are lightweight, stable, and assists in all 3 phases of the running cycle (toe-off, mid-stance, and cushion at contact). You can usually catch the older models of this shoe on sale.
2. Weight lifting & HITT Workouts
For weight lifting or high-intensity training workouts (HITT), look for a flat-bottom, rigid sole shoe that provides stability for squats, deadlifts, and high impact jumping activities. These shoes will lower the risk of injury because you’re not landing or lifting on an unstable, cushiony shoe (like a running shoe). The one I’ve tested and approved is also one of the most popular shoes for Crossfit athletes – the Metcon. It proves a low, flat, and wide heel that improves stability and an enhanced grip.
3. Lifestyle Shoes & Cross-Trainers
Most other athletic shoes fall under this category. I have to recommend one of my favorite shoes (pictured above), the Air Max. Even though they are designed as a lifestyle shoe, they are incredibly comfortable and have serious look appeal. Although I can’t recommend them to run a marathon, I’ve worn them to the workout in, teach classes in, and walk the dog in.
4. Cycling / Spin Shoes
Cycling shoes have a smooth, rigid sole made of composite or carbon fiber. The stiffness of the shoe allows for more energy transfer into the pedals, which is why the right cycling shoes will last years when running shoes need replacing every few months. There are many great brands on Amazon at around $100. Sidi’s are my personal favorite due to their incredibly rigid sole and long-lasting wear. Remember, the clips are sold separately. For more information, I dive into the details of clips & shoes in this blog post.
In conclusion, the right type of shoe will make a significant impact on your workouts. I hope you enjoyed reading the best women’s shoes for every type of workout. Don’t forget to subscribe to the mailing list for monthly newsletter & free food guide.
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