A study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports found that exercisers who used multiple pairs of trainers/sneakers were 39% less likely to be sidelined by an injury than those who wore just one.
Clearly, you shouldn’t wear your dance shoes during a heavy-lifting session so what should you wear and when?
Many runners prefer ‘minimal shoes’, which weigh less and encourage a mid foot or forefoot strike rather than a heel-heavy landing. Shoe designers have taken note, engineering a new generation of footwear that lowers the height, or drop, between the heel and forefoot to naturally encourage this running style. Adidas AdiPure Adapt is super comfy with our without socks and fits like a glove!
Wet weather running or jogging
North Face Ultra Guide is ideal for going from road to trail as the sole grips the trail perfectly, even in wet, slippery conditions.
Wet weather walking or hiking
You want good support with excellent grip! Water proof, breathable shoes are highly recommended. Also, the lighter and more durable the shoe the better to keep your feet protected from those pesky rocks and sticks. A great model is Ahnu Sequoia II hiking shoe, which has a thin rock plate for extra protection.
Light weight, non slip shoes that keep your feet cool are ideal. A shoe like the Bontrager RL Road WSD is ideal with its buckle-and-Velcro closure system to ensure a no-slip fit that’s no too tight.
A versatile shoe is needed for boot camp, interval training, HIIT workouts and kickboxing. Reebok Sublite TR is an excellent option. The supportive foam midsole absorbs impact when running or jumping and the flexible outsole adds traction when doing burpees and lunges.
Nike have introduced their Free TR Fit 3, which has straps crossing the forefoot and arch support to provide extra lateral support for 360-degree moves. Thanks to a cushy foam midsole, these are also great for jumping, good for Zumba and perfect for switching quickly from exercise to exercise.
If you have high arches
Choose designs that provide great shock absorption. It will keep feet from tiring out on long-mileage days. A shoe that hugs your foot without feeling overly tight is definitely what you want when you’re out and on your feet for long periods of time.For a well- cushioned shoe try Mizuno Wave Rider 16.