Three days to go challengers. A cross-training shoe is made to do multiple activities and does a perfectly good job if you lift some weights, play some tennis or walk. If you are looking at specialty shoes it depends on how much time you spend doing that activity. IF you do one activity three or more times a week then you need a specialty gym shoe.
Try different sizes, shoe size means nothing
Fit is everything. If it’s tight on your foot now it’s not going to get baggier with wear. The idea is to buy a shoe that is comfortable and remains comfortable, not to buy one that is tight in hopes it will stretch out with wear.
The longest toe of your foot should clear the end of the shoe by 3/8 to ½ inch
The ball of your foot should fit comfortably into the widest part of the shoe, and your heel should fit snuggly without any slippage. Try on both shoes and adjust the fit to fit the larger foot so as not to cramp and suffocate your foot. Shop late in the day for gym shoes your feet will swell 5% by the end of the day.
When to replace them
A good rule of them is about six months but it also depends on the hours you are clocking in them each week. The shoe may look good on the outside but the inside support of the shoe may have already completely broken down. The heel may have become baggy, you are walking or running or performing in the shoe on the outside of the sole instead of inside the shoe. The arch may not be providing necessary support if you are in pain after wearing the shoes for a time.
A good cross-trainer can last 100-125 hours when worn 4-5 times a week, if you wear them more often your shoes could wear out in as little as four months. If you are running a new pair of shoes for every 300 miles if you are running on a hard surface, 500 if you are running on a softer surface. Put your shoes on the counter and take an honest look at them.
When buy new gym shoes
Don’t let the salesperson put them on for you. Proper fit comes from you putting on the shoes and your lacing them up. Do take time to walk around or run or position your foot the way you will be wearing them, the activity you are buying them for. Take the socks you will normally be wearing for that shoe with you.
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