10 Best Sports shoes for Workout

 

Introduction

When it comes to going into the world of exercise and fitness, you might feel a bit isolated at first, if you do not know exactly what it is that you are getting yourself into. A fellow exerciser will tend to look at your choice of sports shoes before anything else, almost judging you on your level. Not knowing what ‘gear’ it is that you need might also make you feel as though you stand out from the crowd – we’ve all been there, and it feels demotivating.  If you go into the gym to run in a pair of fashion sneakers, the chances are you will get silently judged.

It’s not nice, but it happens. That is why, at E-Review, we have come to the rescue and done our research on what exercise shoes are best for you!

Important to check about your sports shoes

Running Shoes vs Cross-Trainers

First of all, getting to know the difference between the shoes you can buy will make such a drastic difference to the quality of your training sessions. Different shoes are designed to support your feet in varied ways, meaning that some are best suited for certain exercises than others. The two main types of shoes are ‘running shoes’ and ‘cross-trainers’:

Running Shoes – These types of sports shoes are most suited to those that tend to jog and/or walk more than anything. This is due to the fact that the design of the shoe is engineered for heel-to-toe motions and are more cushioning on the feet. Not only this, but they are also catered to a wider range of foot types (see ‘Get To Know Your Foot Type’) and tend to last a lot longer than most walking shoes on the market.

Cross-Trainers – These types of sports shoes are actually designed to play multiple roles, and can be used for most activities. These include, but are not limited to: weight training, yoga, elliptical machines, basketball and zumba. As you may have noticed, running is not on this list. This is because, if you run in cross-trainers, you are more susceptible to foot, back and knee injuries. These shoes do provide cushioning, but not nearly as much as those of the running shoes

Get To Know Your Foot Type

If you are training with the wrong sports shoes, it can actually do a lot more damage than you may think. Early-onset arthritis, plantar fasciitis and runner’s knee are three of the most common problems that can arise if the wrong sports shoes are used, but that is just scraping at the surface. Most people assume that they can just grab any old sports shoes and start training, expecting to make themselves healthier, but it can do just the opposite if you do not take into account your foot type. Once you know your foot type, then you can begin deciding which individual pair of shoes are best for you. The way to decide your foot type is to actually look at your shoes and see in what way the soles wear away. Or, if you somehow do not have any worn-in shoes, watching how the dirt forms on the bottom of a sock is another alternative. Either way, here are the three foot types, based on how your feet wear in your shoes:

Top Outer Edge Worn

  • You are what is called a ‘Supinator’ / ‘Underpronator’
    • If this applies to you, you tend to have high arches in your feet, and your feet will roll outward when you walk.
      • You Need: Cushioning shoes that are designed specifically for shock absorption. Confusingly, though, cushioning sports shoes can, actually, also be known as neutral exercise shoes.

Top Inner Edge Worn

  • You are what is called a ‘Pronator’
    • If this applies to you, your feet will tend to roll inwards when you walk, and it is common for Pronators to have low arches.
      • You Need: High-stability or motion-control sports shoes are able to keep your feet better aligned with your legs, than any other kind of shoe.

Evenly Worn

  • You are what is called a ‘Neutral’
    • If this applies to you, you will have an average gait (manner of walking) with an equal weight distribution across your feet as you walk.
      • You Need: Stability / moderate stability sports shoes which will offer you a balance of support and cushioning on the foot.

Common Questions

You may be sitting there with a few questions you think are a little too silly to ask. However, we have a list of frequently asked questions that might put your mind to rest:

Does it matter how I tie my laces?

If you are having a few problems with your shoes and how they seem to be fitting, while it sounds strange, those problems may actually fix themselves if you look into a few lacing techniques.

  • Lace Locking:
    • A common and simple way to lace your shoes, and is the technique most everyone uses every time. The technique is useful as it helps lock your heel into the back of your shoe (hence the name), therefore giving the ankle more support while exercising.
  • Volume Lacing:
    • This technique is best suited for those with a high instep. If you are suffering with the feeling of tingling in your instep (or ‘pins and needles’), it may be best to use this technique in order to reduce the pressure from the top of the instep.
  • Forefoot Volume Lacing:
    • If you have a wide forefoot, you may sometimes experience a pressure, or discomfort, across your toebox. This will usually occur until the shoe has worn in. This technique will help to reduce the pressure until the shoe has been worn in more.
  • Narrow Heel:
    • If you are experiencing heel slippage while wearing these shoes (often will also be wearing orthotics or wedges), this technique should help to minimise/eliminate the movement.
  • Shallow Instep:
    • Shallow insteps may lead to you not feeling enough support throughout the instep, and this technique should be used in order to provide the added support. This may also be extra beneficial for those that are doing sports, such as: netball, football and basketball. This is doe to the fact that it should help to reduce lateral motion.

Why do the arches of my feet hurt?

Pain in the arches of the shoes are most often caused by a lack of support within the shoe. Or, if your shoes are old, it may indicate that any support within the shoes has deteriorated, and that it is time for a new pair of shoes.

Are tingly or numb toes normal during/after exercise?

This is not a common experience. Not only is it not normal, it is also not part of your ‘breaking the shoe in’ process. What this most likely is, is that the shoe is too tight in the width, or you do not have enough support throughout the arch.

Should I wash my shoes? And, if so, what with?

Physically putting your sports shoes in the washing machine after a good workout is definitely not a good idea at all. What is recommended, however, is that you give them a scrub-down with warm soapy water instead, and let them dry in a shaded area. The sun will actually shrink your shoes, making them no good. Fabric protector sprays are also available and, as the name suggests, it will help to prevent any water or dirt damage from destroying your shoes.

Why is my heel burning?

If it feels as though your feet are being heated up and seem heavier than is normal, it may be an indicator that the arches in your shoes are not supportive enough for your feet. In order to combat this problem, you may want to look into insoles, in order to add extra support to the shoes. However, if the problem still occurs after insoles have been introduced, it may be time to buy a new pair of supportive sports shoes.

How can I make my shoes last as long as possible?

  • Leather:
    • Leather is a great material for durability, but can be known to crack and dry out. In order to tackle this problem, it is recommended that you regularly use a leather conditioner. This will not only keep the leather clean, but it will also keep it soft and prevent any wearing spots, or cracking.
  • Mesh:
    • Running shoes are predominantly always made of mesh material, and are generally put through a lot more stress and wear than other shoes. In order to prevent damage and prolong the life of your shoes, it is best to use a water resistant spray to protect from not only water, but dirt, too.

Knowing When To Replace

The general lifespan of a pair of running shoes is roughly 1000km, but the surfaces that you use and how often you use them can play a large role in this. When running on paved surfaces, your shoes will begin to deteriorate at a faster rate, due to the hard and uneven ground. If you tend to run on a treadmill, however, you might notice that you don’t wear them as quickly, due to the smoothness of the surface that you are running on.

No matter the exercise, though, the best way to tell whether your shoes need replacing or not is by looking carefully. The most common signs of replacement can be found from your own body. If you are starting to experience aching that is not common in your shins, back or hips, it may show what you need to replace your sports shoes. Other ways include seeing whether or not there seem to be any worn patches on the sole of the shoe, whether there is any stretching at the top of the shoe, or if there are any holes anywhere. Friction or blisters can occur with old shoes, too.

Our Top Picks

When you’ve been in the fitness game long enough, you tend to be able to pick out the better quality shoes than when you first start out. It takes time though, so don’t worry. We decided to pick out five of the best running shoes, and five of the best cross-training shoes to make a top ten list of the best exercise shoes out there, just for you:

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Saucony Virrata 2 (£78.00)

  • Optimized for: Running
  • Weight: 5 ounces
  • Heel to Forefoot Drop: 3mm

Perfect for those with a larger budget, this shoe is perfect for those that want a lightweight running shoe. While this running shoe only has a small heel to forefoot drop, athletes are still able to comfortably do a six mile run without feeling any discomfort. Every exercise enthusiast’s dream has just come true.

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New Balance 711 Heathered (£55.00)

  • Optimized for: Cross-Training
  • Weight: 6 ounces
  • Heel to Forefoot Drop: 8mm

With a cushioned midsole, this cross-training shoe is a trainer’s best friend. Whether you are wanting to plan a run and lift session, or just aren’t quite sure, these shoes will help you through any exercise routine.

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Brooks Transcend (£65.00)

  • Optimised for: Running
  • Weight: 2 ounces
  • Heel to Forefoot Drop: 1mm

If you have a Pronator foot type, or are just prone to bad knees during and after exercise, these shoes were made just for you! The Transcends have 25% more supportive foam than their previous shoe, making it the most supportive Brooks product right now.

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Reebok CrossFit Sprint TR (£70.00)

  • Optimised for: Cross-Training
  • Weight: 4 ounces
  • Heel to Forefoot Drop: 2mm

Perfect support for those heavy training days. Whether you are running or doing any big lifting, these shoes will help you get through as smoothly as possible. The Sprint TR’s tongue is connected to the sole on both the left and right side, meaning a more secure fit and less unneeded movement.

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Under Armour Speedform Apollo (£70.00)

  • Optimised for: Running
  • Weight: 8 ounces
  • Heel to Forefoot Drop: 8mm

The Speedform Apollo is debatably Under Armour’s most popular exercise shoe right now. With a seamless heel and ultrasonic seams, you can wave goodbye to any unnecessary blistering. A wide toebox also ensures that all your toes are able to spread and give prime running technique.

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Topo Athletic ST (£60.00)

  • Optimised for: Cross-Training
  • Weight: 4 ounces
  • Heel to Forefoot Drop: 4mm

With a very small drop, this cross-training shoe is able to mold around even the more wide or narrow feet. There is no need to worry about cramped toes with the Athletic ST, the roomy toebox allows for plenty of movement, and a durable outsole makes for a long wear.

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Mizuno Wave Hitogami (£55.00)

  • Optimised for: Running
  • Weight: 6 ounces
  • Heel to Forefoot Drop: 4mm

If you prefer the fast road of sprinting over jogging or walking, then pay attention! The Hitogami’s make for perfect intermediate to advanced running shoes – but only for those that want speed. Beginners should perhaps look into a more weighted shoe, as these were built specifically for speed.

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Sketchers Equalizer Oasis (£50.00)

  • Optimised for: Cross-Training
  • Weight: 4 ounces
  • Heel to Forefoot Drop: 4mm

With an insert that is completely made of memory foam, this shoe is perfect for those that want a personalised fit. Designed to help with exercises such as squats and jump rope, these shoes are perfect for those with cross-training in mind.

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Asics Gel-Cumulus 16 (£63.99)

  • Optimised for: Running
  • Weight: 9 ounces
  • Heel to Forefoot Drop: 8mm

Even if you have a neutral foot type, it is still nice to have a little added support when you decide to go running. With lightweight mesh material and rear/forefront cushioning, this shoe is suited perfectly for those that want a light running feel without the risk or leg pain afterwards.

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New Balance Minimus 20v3 (£110)

  • Optimised for: Cross-Training
  • Weight: 5 ounces
  • Heel to Forefoot Drop: 0mm

 

With a heel to forefoot drop of 4mm, the Minimus 20v3 will aid you during your lifts, box jumps and even sprints. At a very light 6.5 ounces, this shoe is in no hurry to slow you down either. Also, with welded seams, you will not have to worry about chafing, and wearing socks becomes just a personal preference. And, finally, do not worry about any nasty post-workout odours, as this shoe is actually odour resistant, making it all the more worthwhile!

Conclusion

When it comes to buying sports shoes, just picking the most expensive and colourful pair off the shelf may not always pay off. Price does not always mean value, especially in the world of fitness. Rather than look for something bright and aesthetically pleasing, always make sure to search for something that will provide lots of comfort, gives your toes lots of breathe-room and has a secure fit. That way, rather than find an attractive pair that do you no good, you should end up with a good wearing product that you will, in the long-term, end up loving.

It is, also, always best to know beforehand what it is that you are looking for, and it should then make your life so much easier. Buying the right fit is essential too, in order to aid in your workout and prevent any unwanted aches or pains. Remember to always do your research and keep your shoes well-kept.

 

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