Whoever said diamonds are a girl's best friend in my opinion is only half correct. If you're anything like me, you love diamonds, and SHOES! We all need a guilty pleasure here or there and for me it's a sweet new pair of workout shoes.
Two years ago I decided I wanted to up my fitness routine. Loving the positive atmosphere that 5K races bring, I was drawn to be a part of it. The best part, you guessed it, taking up running meant I had to buy a pair of running shoes! I was pumped, but at the same time, I knew nothing about what brand of shoe to buy. Luckily, I had an in-depth conversation with my good friend Ryan, who is a crazy skilled avid marathon runner and he pointed me in the right direction. I bought myself a sweet pair of Mizuno shoes and the rest was history.
The best part, you guessed it, taking up running meant I had to buy a pair of running shoes!
I realized; however, when starting my fitness program, the only details I give my participants is that they wear a supportive athletic shoe. It got my thinking that maybe I need to give more details. So let's break down the facts:
1. Running shoes are just for that: Running. They don't have the side support that is needed in any kind of cross training workout where lateral or forward and back movement happens. We tend to do a lot of agility now in my classes to spark our fast-twitch muscle fibers, so the extra side support is crucial.
2. How do you know you have side support? Take a look at the actual shoe on the side. There should be an extra part directly in the center. My Saucony shoes have an extra gel part that you can see right at that spot. When in doubt, ask the sales people.
3. So you've found your shoe, laced them up, and you're ready to buy. Promise me you will check one more thing. Have a look at the outline of the shoe and the rubber part. If you see creases and cracks, place the shoe down and walk away. Even though the shoes may be marked as "New", if you see lines and creases the support of the shoe has already started to wear down. This tends to happen when shoes sit in a warehouse for a long time. Although I obsess over a good deal, paying 50% off for last years model, might not get you the safest wear time of those shoes.
Have a look at the outline of the shoe and the rubber part. If you see creases and cracks, place the shoe down and walk away.
Lastly, I buy a new pair of shoes every 4-6 months. Yes, I love shoes. Yes, I love shopping, but the way I see it, my feet have to carry me for the rest of my life, therefore I better be supporting them. For the sake of fashion, fitness, flare, and fun, happy shopping!