Basically it is not appropriate to wear ordinary sports shoes or any pair of running shoes and do cross training exercises like step aerobics, kick boxing, core boarding, etc. Understanding the same fact, many leading companies have started promoting cross training shoes more than ever. As a result, when we visit any shoe store across town, we find that there are way too many brands of shoes that one can choose from. What you need is the basic knowledge about the requirements of the cross training exercises, that are different from the other exercises. Here are a few basic things that one must consider when selecting cross training shoes.
Some of these basics can vary as per each individual, like the kind of exercises one has to perform. It will be best to check the exercise program routine for that and see what the exact combination is in which you are performing daily exercises. There are chances that your personal trainer might suggest you to wear particular shoes while doing weight training as well as cardio. Taking all such things into consideration, here are a few things to check while buying cross training shoes, especially meant for women.
Insole of the Shoes
One must always consider the insole of the shoes, and check whether it is best fitted for the purpose of cross training. My observations suggest that insoles must be shock-resistant, shock-absorbent, and returning energy that the person is putting in while performing any activity or exercise. Insoles made by durable material like plastic, soft rubber, closed cell nitrogen injected materials, etc., are worth giving a try. As a matter of fact, one can also add insoles of your own choice after buying a pair shoes.
Outsole of the Shoes
The outsole must be multipurpose, that can provide lateral support to the foot as well as enough stability to perform tough exercises. Multipurpose insoles are also great for people having the tendency of rolling the foot from time to time. Another benefit is that they could be best for walking, jogging (not running), gym training, as well as for lawn tennis.
Mid-sole and Upper Body of the Shoes
There must be low profile or moderate cushioning, especially at the heel and the forefoot. It is best for the overall usefulness and durability. Most of the materials that are used for cross training shoes are lightweight and made of polyurethane. The upper side of the shoes must be made of soft, light, and artificial leather, so that it can provide maximum support to the foot as well as ankle. Leather plus synthetic mesh material for the upper covering can be the ultimate combination.
As a general rule, remember that lightweight and sleek shoes are the best for cardiovascular exercises, while shoes having lateral support and mid-cut designs are the best for those who prefer kickboxing and step classes. Cross training shoes that are flexible at the forefeet are great for treadmill running, while synthetic leather, mid-cut with well-cushioned heels are the best for aerobics. Shoes with cradles in the heels, sweat absorbing liners, and upper foot support are best to provide stability and support to the shank as well as the upper leg.
If a person keeps all these features in mind, then the question of size and fitting of the shoes remains secondary. There are many leading sportswear companies and brands that have their own special range of cross training shoes. Needn't say, style is not mandatory here. If they are equipped to give maximum benefits to the feet, then style will definitely follow.