What's the best shoes to workout in?

  • I'm looking to get some new shoes, maybe for both running and doing DB workouts, maybe just doing the workouts. Anyone have a favorite brand and/or style?

    stephenb   by: stephenb
  • 16 votes
    buckry  over 2 years ago by: buckry

    Call me crazy, but I work out in bare feet. Obviously not for running, but everything else is sans shoes.

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      slshaw23 almost 2 years ago

      I workout barefoot as well lol it seems easier for some reason because I have a pair of Reebok I cant remembere what they are called but they are suppose to help when you're walking and I worked out in those before and they are so heavy like I have weights on my legs

  • 10 votes
    andysmith  almost 3 years ago by: andysmith

    Just got the Nike Free Run+ 2, they seem pretty good so far.

  • 9 votes
    nickrford  almost 3 years ago by: nickrford

    I've been using Sauconys for years. I currently have the Saucony Echelon 2, and they've been great shoes, both for running and weight lifting.

  • 9 votes
    codemonkey2841  over 2 years ago by: codemonkey2841

    Vibram Five Fingers! They take some getting used to, but they're awesome!

  • 9 votes
    chauncey  over 2 years ago by: chauncey

    I workout barefoot mostly. It came from doing yoga barefoot. After that, wearing shoes to workout felt so unnatural even for cardio and weights. Outside, I do wear shoes, normally a lightweight running shoe.

  • 9 votes
    sbrobin  almost 3 years ago by: sbrobin

    I workout and run in Vibrams. They are the best shoes I've ever done either in. I have increased my running speed by 2:00/mile now because my form is so much more efficient. Doing strength training and cardio in them is also great because I have a lot less extra weight on my feet, which makes a difference when you're doing something like plyometrics and you spend the majority of the workout jumping.

    • Dendrobite
      Dendrobite 4 months ago

      I either go barefoot at home or Vibrams when I'm out running. I don't know that they've made me any faster but I definitely feel like more muscles are being used in my feet and ankles.

  • 7 votes
    BeautifulPsalms  almost 3 years ago by: BeautifulPsalms

    The Nike Store has a decent selection of workout shoes. I bought a pair that allowed for stretching movements that are usually difficult to do with regular gym shoes. I actually tried them on first, went on the treadmill they had at the store, stretched side to side, and decided they would do.

    Also, there are great reviews on the most oddest looking shoes I've ever seen. My friends swear by them. I'm actually going to buy a pair just to see if all the hype is true.


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      KateHough almost 3 years ago

      Newton running shoes are a perfect balance between support, padding, and forcing a more natural forefoot strike. They are designed to make you land and push-off from the balls of your feet. http://www.newtonrunning.com/... In fact, you should alternate these shoes with your regular running shoes for the first few weeks while your calves adjust to your new running form.

    • sbrobin
      sbrobin almost 3 years ago

      If you get a pair of Newton's, I'd suggest reading Danny Abshire's (the founder) book "Natural Running along with it. I'd like to try Newton's sometime but they're a bit expensive for me right now. Regardless, his book was incredibly helpful in changing my form and making me faster. The first time I tried "natural running" I got injured from doing too much too soon and was out of running for a year. This time I read his book and went very slowly. It took me 6 months but I'm now up to 8 miles and should be up to half marathon by the end of the year.

  • 6 votes
    Jewlzm  almost 3 years ago by: Jewlzm

    Im a little stuck on New Balance 504.. They give me the support I need (dealing with injury and trying to get healthy) and they are built to last. I run/walk and weight lift in them.

  • 6 votes
    Jason  over 2 years ago by: Jason

    I LOVE reebok realflex for (road/treadmill) running. I've never had a shoe I felt so comfortable in. However the ultimate flex that I love so much for running becomes a lack of support as soon as I do anything other than run in a straight line. The soft sole shifts under my foot and there isn't much side-to-side support. So for trail running, cross-training and tough mudder races :) I live and die by Asics GEL-Trail Sensor 5. Also extremely comfortable but much more supportive. Honestly you need to find a shoe that works for YOUR feet. I'd totally recommend shopping at Zappos. Their awesome return policy (return within 30 days and they pay shipping) allows you to order shoes, wear them around the house for a day and simply send them back and try another pair till you find what you like. As long as they're still like new you'll never have a problem returning them. My wife will order 5-10 pairs of shoes at a time and try them all and send back the pairs she doesn't like. This was actually a suggestion from one of their support reps! Gotta love that!

  • 6 votes
    dbeal135  over 2 years ago by: dbeal135

    I love my Nike Free Trainers

  • 6 votes
    chans28  almost 2 years ago by: chans28

    It really depends on your feet. Your best bet (if you have the time and money) is to go to a shoe store where they will examine your feet and ask what type of exercise you plan on doing to help get you shoes that are best for your body type and lifestyle. We have a "Run Away Shoes" here in Green Bay, WI. I have found that for cushioning Asics work best for me.

  • 5 votes
    bryanp  almost 3 years ago by: bryanp

    Salomon XA PRO 3D ULTRA is my all-time favorite. Bought them for trail running but use them for everything.

  • 5 votes
    seeEricaRun  over 2 years ago by: seeEricaRun

    Depends on the workout! Mostly I wear socks or bare feet, but I need shoes for my feet if there are going to be lunges (I have a problem with one of my toes - it doesn't flex backward and I need the shoe to protect it.) Otherwise I just use my old running sneakers. After 500+ miles my sneakers become fair game for non-running activities.

  • 5 votes
    Neeha  over 1 year ago by: Neeha

    If I am working out at home using DB, I workout bare foot :)....

  • 4 votes
    YankDownUnder  about 2 years ago by: YankDownUnder

    For me, size 10 1/2's *lol*

    I'm a big Saucony fan, but here in Perth we have a shop that specialises in running shoes. They do some fairly intensive testing and fitting, from arch testing to videoing your running style on a treadmill, and they put me in some Asics to try and turn my feet in a little more (a little less like a duck lol). The shoes were slightly more expensive there, but the advice and fitting were worth it. So many shoes do slightly different things, what works for one person doesn't necessarily work for another.

  • 4 votes
    Superalzy  almost 2 years ago by: Superalzy

    Shoe Dog "fetches" your ideal shoes based on your arch and how your feet pronate. You just plug in your information and a bunch of shoe options will pop up. It's pretty cool. http://www.roadrunnersports.c... You can even filter by size and brand.

  • 4 votes
    mashapic  over 1 year ago by: mashapic

    I also workout in bare feet. Its better for you and helps with your back.

  • 2 votes
    terpgomer  over 1 year ago by: terpgomer

    New Balance for indoor workouts, Sauconys for running.

  • 0 votes
    SkylarChastain  over 1 year ago by: SkylarChastain

    I wear Brooks for running/walking. They are UGLY but feel like I'm wearing clouds for shoes.

  • 0 votes
    bethdorsey16  about 1 year ago by: bethdorsey16

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      bethdorsey16 about 1 year ago

      I luv my North Face single-track hayasa shoes. they r very supportive, comfy, they breath really well, and they r very durable.

  • 0 votes
    HelBel  10 months ago by: HelBel

    Nike for strength/cardio, barefoot on yoga mat for yoga/stretch.
    Of course, different videos make you move different ways, so always do what's comfortable and safe.

  • 0 votes
    jeffshinn  2 months ago by: jeffshinn

    I have some VIVOBAREFOOT Neo Trails I use at the nature center trails for walking and running, and if I cannot workout barefoot these are the next best thing! I like them because they give you all the benefits of barefoot, while protecting your feet against branches and other obstacles. :-)

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