Lookin’ for a new gym shoe? Below I share 3 of my current favorite shoes; how they look, feel, and perform!
Nike Air Max 90 Essential (Lifestyle)
O M G. Ever since I got my Air Max’s, I have been obsessed with them. I’ve always wanted them for years because I thought they looked so sick and now I know they not only look sick, but are extremely comfortable.
Air Max’s have a fair amount of arch support and have a flat sole, which makes them a great sneaker for doing exercises like squats or deadlifts.
Now, they do fit a little wider than most sneakers, so you may have to get them a 1/2 size smaller like I did; but if you want a shoe with spacious toe room, this is a shoe for you!
I have been noticing that Air Max’s are starting to become more popular again. I feel like this year they will be the fad like Nike Roshe’s were last year. You read that prediction here first! 😉
Nike LunarGlide 6 (Running)
LunarGlide’s are a stability shoe, so they’re designed to be more firm and supportive. You may or may not have to break them in like I did before they actually feel comfortable under your feet. They aren’t the most visually attractive shoe in my opinion, but LunarGlide’s are perfect if you’re looking for a stable running shoe. When I need to be on my feet for longer periods of time, like when I’m working, these are my preferred sneaks. And they make cardio a little more enjoyable. 🙂
Nike Free Run 5.0 (Running)
Nike Free Run’s have pros and cons in my opinion: They’re light and fitted to your feet (like a sock), but lack support. Maybe it’s just me, but after a few hours of wearing them, my feet start to ache, and I don’t have that drastic of an arch – it’s average.
Whenever I see videos of girls doing squats, lunges, or other exercises where it’s beneficial to be flat footed, yet they’re wearing Free Run’s, I think to myself, “HOW?” I honestly don’t know how people do it in these shoes! They’re awful when you need to stay firm and flat to the ground. If I am doing legs and am wearing these I always end up taking them off. Better used for upper body days and cardio; they are a running shoe after all.
Now you may notice I haven’t listed a legitimate lifting shoe; at the moment I don’t currently own a pair. I have heard that the Nike Metcon’s are great though – and will inevitably get a pair of shoes designed specifically for lifting in the future.
What’re your favorite shoes to hit the gym in?