Too many athletes opt to use one pair of shoes for every workout. Learn the differences and appropriate uses of Training shoes versus Running shoes and push your personal bests with the right shoe for you.

Training Shoes: Stability & Support

Training shoes are designed for well-rounded workouts. They’re for people who like to mix it up in the gym from day to day. When you’re doing a range of dynamic, rapid movements as well as static strength moves, you need training shoes that provide:

  • Breathability – the design of the shoe, especially on the upper portion, should allow for extensive venting to help moisture from your feet evaporate.
  • Support – find a shoe that provides sufficient support for side-to-side (lateral) movements. The sides of the shoe should feel snug against your ankle and even rise above your ankle joint for added support.
  • Traction ­­­– the soles should provide sufficient traction on a range of surfaces and also aid in activities like rope climbing.

Athletes looking to increase the variance and functionality of their workouts with cross-training exercises and other high-performance routines like Olympic lifting need a shoe that can stand up to more punishing use. Look for durable cross-training shoes from top models like the Nike Metcon or the Reebok Nano

Running Shoes: Don't Wear Yourself Out

Because running puts extensive wear and impact for kilometres at a time, it’s important to find shoes that cushion and provide lightweight support going forward. Running shoes are designed to:

  • Cushion - helping to reduce the impact and support the forward motion of your body.
  • Accommodate along Gait - for various foot types and running styles, helping to prevent injury and provide support in specific areas.
  • Breathe - offering enhanced ventilation as the constant energy transference is maintened through your feet when you run, resulting in increased sweat.

Running shoes are designed exclusivly with forward motion in mind - they follow the natural progression of the body during this motion and should be utlized in this way.

This article and post is designed for educational purposes only. When participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is a possibility of physical injury. Please consult with a doctor prior to engaging in any exercise or exercise program. The use of any information provided is solely at your own risk. Product selection is an individual choice and the consumer is responsible for determining whether or not any product is suitable based on the consumer’s circumstances.