Choosing The Right Gym Shoe (It’s WAY More Important Than You Think!)

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Choosing The Right Gym Shoe (It’s WAY More Important Than You Think!)


Summertime is upon us. Those of you who have hibernated all semester (i.e. have neglected Pottruck in favor of just about every other activity, and maybe stopped in once or twice to get a smoothie) have some catching up to do. While you may be scrambling to pick up the hottest new pair of Nikes so you can look the part this season, you must consider which shoes are actually right for the exercises. So avoid saying, “Omigod I need to get into shape ASAP”  and remember these tips the next time you are shopping for gym shoes:

1. Weight lifting: When lifting weights, it’s important that you have a firm, flat grip on the ground. This ensures proper form and that your stance offers you a safe grip. Stick with flat-soled shoes or barefoot-running styles to keep your weight-lifting routine safe and effective.

We recommend:


From Left to Right: Ecco Biom Lite, $99, Ecco; PUMA BioWeb Elite, $100, PUMA.

2. Gym class: A cardio or strength-training class routine means you need some supportive shoes. The constant jumping and side-to-side shuffling you do in class means you should invest in a pair of shoes that provides ample cushioning and support as well as grip. Hooray! No more sore feet after Body Combat.

Check these out:


From Left to Right: Under Armour Micro G Toxic Six, $99.99, Under Armour; Avia Avi-Finesse, $55, Avia.

3. Treadmill time: If you clock in miles on the treadmill every time you go to the gym, you should invest in running shoes with cushioning soles but a comfortable fit. The last thing you need is a knee injury or an ankle tweak that’ll keep you on bed rest during the summer!

Opt for support with these:


adidas-energy-boost-vivid-red-1 saucony mirage 3

From Left to Right: Adidas Energy Boost, $150, Adidas; Saucony Mirage 3, $110, Saucony.


What shoes did you pick up for the summer? Let us know in the comments below!

-Lara Berns

Images courtesy of SneakerNewsOnlineShoesPumaUnderArmourZapposHypeBeastRealRunReview.

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