Ever entered a sports store and been overwhelmed by the amount of choice in sneakers?! I know I have. And before I knew that different sneakers had different functions I used to just buy the one pair and use them for, well anything and every. Oh how I had it very, very wrong.
I typically went for a pretty coloured, aesthetically pleasing sneaker, generally with three stripes or a swoosh on the side. I knew if I had a “cool” brand I was a quarter of the way to looking like Alessandra Ambrosio (READ: That fraction is terribly incorrect), but, 5,000 rolled ankles later, I started looking into what made a good sneaker and what I should be wearing for a) running b) strength training and c) walking / general life.
If no one tells you how the hell are we supposed to know!!
Today I am talking about making sure when you do buy new kicks, you’re buying the right ones for what ever fitness activity you’re doing – that includes just going to the gym and taking 50 selfies.
THE RUNNING SNEAKER
When I first started running in 2010 I remember wearing a pair of white slip on shoes from Kmart. I didn’t own running shoes in any form – I hadn’t exercised in about a year, so I just went with the most “exercise” looking pair of shoes I had. It was probably (READ: Definitely) bad for my ankles, knees, entire body – but hey, at least I was trying. JD took me shopping for some new sneakers, as he was buying himself some too. We both left Rebel with Free Run Nike (I can’t remember what number now), and man, they served me well. I change up my running sneakers between Boosts and Free Runs – I like to give my shoes a bit of a break / airing out.
The NIKE FREE 4.0 FLYKNIT are a pair of sneakers I have been using this past month – they feel like I am running in nothing – they fit like socks! Ha. They’re not for everyone, but I use them for jogs and have found them a little different to your usual running shoe. I like my adidas Boosts for long distance runs.
THE TRAINING SNEAKER
Like I said earlier, I never used to switch my sneakers when I exercised. What I wore for running / cardio I wore for strength training… This all changed and now I usually wear the Nike Free TR 5 Flyknit for weights etc. They’re stable, breathable and lightweight and just a comfortable shoe for that type of training. The sole is so good for when I am planking – I used to slip all the time, but these seem to have great suction.
I would definitely recommend switching out your trainers for when you do strength training if you already haven’t. You’ll thank yourself when you’re 80.
THE LIFESTYLE SNEAKER
I am big on wearing sneakers with, well, everything! If you have been following me on my blog or social media, you’ll know I wear them with ripped jeans to dresses (style dependent of course!). Even though they’re just to wear around during the day, they still need to offer you the right amount support. I like the adidas boost, New Balance, Roshe’s and of course converse for that!