I know I’ve said it before, but I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good shoe. More importantly, you want to make sure you have the appropriate shoe for your workout! As annoying as it may sound, you may require more than one pair.
I think that cross trainers are a necessary tool when doing group exercise classes or any exercise that requires lateral movement. These types of shoes are built specifically for these needs. Yes, they also provide support for running motion–thus making it a “cross-trainer.” However, I wouldn’t recommend using this shoe as your regular “running” shoe as well. It is a good shoe to bring on vacation if you plan on doing hiking, walking, running, or any other cross training exercise. But, if you are going to run/jog several miles more than just once, you will need a running shoe.
Even at home, I have a different shoe for running. It supports me differently and helps me get through that specific type of exercise.
In addition, you should not use your running shoe nor your cross trainer for walking around town. This will break the shoe down quicker, and if you are going to a group exercise class, you do not want the soles of your shoes to bring in rocks, snow, salt, rain etc. into the studio.
Most stores will keep track of your shoe purchases, so if you cannot remember how long you’ve had your shoe and if it’s time for a new pair–make sure you check in with them to replace them in an appropriate amount of time. I will usually get new shoes every 4-6 months depending on how they feel. Believe me…your body will tell you! If your knees start to ache, or your feet are cramping–it’s time to visit the shoe store.
Every shoe manufacturer makes a variety of shoe types and they tend to fit each type of foot differently. I use Nike for running, but am a solid supporter of Asics for my cross-trainers.
Try on the shoes in the store…don’t be embarrassed to run around, shuffle side to side, jump up and down. It’s your body–you want to invest in preserving it the best you can, so make sure you are getting what you need and that it works for you.
When you get a new pair, and you feel the difference during your workout, you’ll agree that the right shoe makes a HUGE difference!!