Finding your sole-mate: running vs training shoes
To the naked eye, a pair of sports shoes is just a sport shoe, right? Not quite! If you play sports regularly, you’ll know that there are different types of shoes to fit the various activities and surfaces. The same can be said for running shoes and training shoes, even if they sometimes look similar. The difference between the two could affect how optimal your workouts are, your running performance, and yes, even spare you some injuries. The next time you go shoe shopping, remember that brands do not produce different shoes just to make you buy an additional one – there are many other reasons why you’ll want a different pair as well.
Who runs the world?
Running shoes are the perfect option if you’re looking for a pair to go, well, running. The hint is in the name! They are built for heel-to-toe action and best for running on the road or on the tracks. In general, running shoes have better cushioning especially in the heel area. This is because the high impact from slamming all that body weight can take a toll on your knees and ankles. You’ll also find that many running shoes have technology to help your feet breathe better – all that stomping can make your feet feel hot and uncomfortable as well. #theheatison
Cris-cross will make you … train
If you’re less interested in running and more focussed on other forms of exercise, then a pair or training shoes – or crosstrainers – would be your most versatile option. These shoes are great if you’re interested in weightlifting or taking different sorts of fitness classes. Basically, all the things you enjoy doing at the gym. The technology that goes into these shoes tend to focus more on multi-directional movement, stability and are much sturdier – like a Libra, all those weights need balance (get it?)! This means it’s also versatile for the different workouts you want to do – from free weights to rope jumping.
Getting off on the wrong foot
Wearing a pair of shoes that’s not made for the right purpose may not look like a major problem but it can lead to discomfort and worse of all, cause injuries. The kind of cushioning in running shoes for example means that it’s less stable when you’re doing squats or deadlifting. You also don’t want to use training shoes for running due to its heavier weight. Running shoes also tend to be lighter – any extra weight will just hold you back when all you want to do is run, Forrest, run!
These shoes are made for walking
So, what does all of this mean for an activity that’s less intense, and more sturdy, like walking? Well, depending on how regular you walk, you’ll want to consider which pair of shoes are better options for you. Running shoes are made to only last so long – the cushioning will wear out eventually – so the more you walk with them, the quicker you wear them out. If you want an all-in-one option then choose a pair of training shoes for walking instead. They are heavier, but it’ll be less noticeable without the intensity of running. This is especially so if you’re walking (or running) on a treadmill – those tend to already have some cushioning so it’ll be easier on your legs without the support of a running shoe.
Finding your sole-mate
Hopefully, you’ll have decided by now which pair of shoes you want. In short, if you want something versatile for gym use, opt for the training shoes. But if you foresee yourself doing a lot of running, do your knees a favour and get a pair of running shoes. Whatever you decide, make sure to shop around. Different brands use different technologies for their shoes so make sure you get one that not just fits you, but suits your needs as well.