Cross training is a great way to mix up your workout routine and challenge your body. Not only is the proper cross training moves and form important, but your footwear is also. Choosing the wrong athletic shoe can put excess strain on various parts of the leg or foot, causing such conditions as aching heels or shin splints.
Below is a brief guide to help you understand how to choose the correct cross training shoe for you.
Do not make your shoes multitask
Make sure to choose the proper shoe for the activity you are performing. Shoes designed for running are more flexible, and contain extra cushioning to protect the feet from impact. Walking shoes are generally stiffer and do not provide as much support. You may want to try out both types of shoes and see which is the best fit for your activity.
Know your foot
Feet come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes. Knowing all aspects of your foot structure can help you to find the right pair of cross training shoes. Most major brands offer a model to fit every type of foot.
One of most common ways to determine your foot’s unique shape is to perform a ‘wet test’ that involves wetting your foot and then stepping onto a piece of brown paper. Remove your foot and then trace your footprint. If you do not want to perform the wet test, take a careful look at the soles of your current sneakers to determine which areas show the most wear.
If your footprint shows the whole sole of your foot with very little to no curve on the inside, or if your shoes are being worn more on the inside edge, this a good sign that you have flat feet or low arches. This can cause your feet to roll inward and create extra wear on the outside heel and inside of the forefoot. This means you should look for a shoe that contains a motion control feature for maximum support.
If the footprint shows a small section of your forefoot and heel, with a very narrow area connecting the two, or if your shoes are worn out mostly on the outside edge, this means you have high arches. This can cause you to roll your foot outward, meaning you should look for a shoe that provides extra cushioning with a soft midsole.
If your shoes are wearing out uniformly and your footprint shows a very distinct curve along the inside, this means you have a neutral arch. Look for a shoe that has ‘stability’ features, meaning it contains the right mix of support and cushioning.
According to Steven Raiken, MD, it is only a myth that foot size does not change in adults. Raiken states that it is important to have your feet measured twice per year to get a good idea of your accurate shoe size. Although sizes will vary greatly between brands, you should always go by what fits and not the actual shoe size.
Aside from having your feet properly measured, the following are a few tips to help you find shoes that fit accurately and can provide you with the stability you need for various cross-training activities.
- Shop for shoes toward the end of the day. Feet have a tendency to swell throughout the course of a day and can expand after running or walking. It is wise to shop for shoes when your feet are at their largest to ensure they will not become constrictive at any point during cross training.
- When shoe shopping, always bring your own socks that you will be wearing while performing any cross training activities. If you wear orthotics, bring those along also.
- All cross training shoes should fit comfortably right away without a ‘breaking in’ period. Make sure to walk a few laps around the store to make sure they perform well and feel good in action.
Popular cross training shoes for women in 2015
Trying to decide which brand and model of cross training shoe is right for you can be a daunting task. There are literally hundreds of varieties to choose from. Below, we will discuss three of the most well known and highly rated to help give you an idea of where to start.
Best Ryka women cross training shoes
- One of the best reviewed Ryka cross trainers for 2015 is its women’s Precision Training Shoe. It is a new 2015 model for the company but has already gathered a handful of solid reviews on Amazon. People who tried them love it for being light weighted and having a solid arch support. They also have spacious interior and feels very comfortable when being worn. These are the qualities you want in your cross training shoe so that your feet wouldn’t get too much punishment.
- However, there are complaints. Most of them is for the the sloppy gluing and stitching on the side plates and the shoelace holes. In particular the lacing system is unique as some of the holes don’t actually go through the shoe but only through the plates.If you are buying this pair, I suggest inserting metal eyelets at the holes to provide better support and longer wear time.
- RYKA women’s vida RZX cross trainers
- Another 2015 Ryka cross trainers that have receive solid reviews the vida RZX model. It comes in different colors such as the black shown above as well as the white color version . Like all Ryka shoes, customers love it for their light wear and comfort. Many also express the love for this particular design as it matches their gym wear perfectly. One particular reviewer on Amazon used it for her HIIT workouts and says it supported her movements well, especially the lateral moves. Hmmm… maybe I should include them in my list here for best shoes for HIIT workouts.
- I think Amazon reviewer summed up the benefit of this Ryka shoe when she says that it combines good support with comfort and light weight. Most other cross training shoes only provide one or the other but this is the rare brand that provides both in one shoe. If you are into Zumba then you can consider getting this model as well. One customer has reported using this for her Zumba classes and they were easy to dance in with good support. Definitely one of the best shoes for Zumba.
Best Asics women cross training shoes
- The women’s ASICS GEL-FIT SANA is an all-around great training shoe that provides flexible support due to its patented flexible fit system. It fits almost like a sock, thanks to its stretch mesh upper construction. This shoe will give you a barefoot- like sensation while providing plenty of shock absorption. This is great for cross training activities were speed is a factor.
- Another cool Asics women cross training shoes is the GEL-Envigor TR Cross-Training Shoe, which has lots of padding inside to support cross training exercises. For women who have narrower feet, you might feel a bit strange at first as you need a wider foot. However, the padding does give you that extra protection and comfort.
- The fit allows support and yet, gives your toes room to spread if needed. This is nice when you are doing intensify workouts such as kick boxing exercises or insanity type of workouts.However, there are some customers who feedback that the sizing on this model is a bit off. You might need to order half a size bigger if you want to get the correct fit. Also the GEL-Envigor TR Cross-Training Shoe is not a light weight cross trainers. However it is the best in terms of comfort and support.
Best New Balance women cross training shoes
- The women’s NEW BALANCE MINIMUS 20v3 TRAINER is great for individuals with high arches. This shoe features a low profile and extremely light construction. Because it has a no-sew upper, you do not have to worry about rubbing or blisters. The inside of this shoe is treated with an antimicrobial substance to help reduce odor.
Best INOV 8 women cross training shoes
- The women’s INOV-8 FASTLIFT 335 is designed for extreme fitness workouts or weight training and offer secure your support and enhance stability, while still being lightweight and comfortable. It features Velcro strap lace covers and a no seam upper for superior comfort during your cross training workouts.
No matter which cross training workout you choose, be sure to wear properly fitting shoes that work well with your unique foot shape. Doing so can help prevent injury and help you achieve your fitness goals faster.