Workout Shoes for Women
The Best Shoes for Your Workout
Get Your Kicks
What's Your Foot Type?
Number one mistake: Buying kicks based solely on style or what friends are wearing. Picking the right shoe for your foot type and biomechanics should be your top priority. Most specialty running stores can advise you—they have well-trained staff who can assess your arches and evaluate your pronation (the way your foot moves as you walk and jog). Or try this at-home test: Wet your foot, then step on a paper bag. What shape do you see?
High arch: You may underpronate (land on the outside of your feet), which can cause too much shock to travel up your legs. Look for a neutral or cushioned shoe.
Normal arch: You probably have few foot or pronation problems. A neutral shoe is your best bet.
Flat arch: You likely overpronate (your feet turn inward too much). Try neutral or stability shoes.
Committing to One
Fit into multiple exercise categories but able to spring for only one pair of shoes? Let your most demanding activity dictate your pick. For example, while running shoes can handle the demands of an indoor class or boot-camp session, cross trainers may not translate well out on the roads.
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