Cross Training Shoes
Wait… aren’t they all the same thing?
Unfortunately, they’re not.
Warning – you may need to make some space for a new pair of shoes!
Commonly known as a ‘cross-training’ shoe, training shoes are designed to provide protection for a variety of fitness activities. Training shoes are multi-directional, multi-functional, more flexible and offer greater ankle and heel support. The lower heel drop (distance from heel height to toe height) puts the wearer closer to the ground to push off, pivot, cut, stop and jump. They are highly versatile, from high-intensity training, weight lifting, strength training, agility and even short distances on the treadmill – perfect for ERL12! Having a pair specifically for training can give you both the stability of a lifting-specific shoe and lightweight flexibility of a cross-trainer for HIIT.
Walking has a different demand on your feet compared to running - your body weight is distributed more evenly than running with your weight rolling from the heel, through to the ball and continuing to the toe in one foot after the other. The gentle motion requires the feet to absorb the shock of 1 to 2 times your body weight with each step. Walking shoes are designed with the specific body mechanics and strike path of walking in mind. Flexibility through the ball of the foot of the shoe allows a greater range of motion through the roll of the forefoot and a greater arch support where the force is heaviest on the foot.
Usually lightweight, running shoes support the natural shape of your feet and provide an energy return. Running is a heel-to-toe movement therefore the right support is extremely important. Cushioning in the heels where impact is greatest and less through the ball means better protection of your feet when pounding the pavement. Mesh panels are often part of the design to allow heat to escape, creating a lighter feel. Whether you’re a long-distance marathon runner, trail runner, track runner or a casual runner – the right amount of cushioning and support is important for peak performance.
Still unsure of what shoes you should be wearing?
Consider these three factors: Stability, Durability and Cushioning
Choosing the right shoes for your training style is important to avoid injury and perform at your peak. Make sure to see a shoe specialist if you are unsure – they are always helpful and will ensure the right style and fit for you!