When working out at the gym or under taking a variety of different activities you are doing what is called cross training. Cross trainers are an all purpose shoe designed to boost your comfort and performance whether on a treadmill, in an aerobics class or playing a game of tennis.
Shoe Shape v Foot Shape
Everyone moves differently, which means we all put pressure on different areas of our feet when we move. Take a look at your old shoes and you may see a tell-tale pattern of where they wear out ﬁ rst. To compensate for the added pressure we put on different parts of our shoes, manufacturers have developed a variety of shoes to suit different foot types. Matching the shoe with your foot means added comfort, shoes that last longer and less chance of injury.
Which Shoe for You?
Understanding that there are different shoes and different feet is a start but matching your feet to the correct shoes can be a more difﬁ cult. That’s where The Athlete’s Foot “Fit Technicians” come in; they are expertly trained in the art of ﬁtting shoes. Using the state-of-the-art Fitprint® system they can asses your individual foot type, weigh it against your footwear requirements and then recommend a range of shoes that will provide you with the comfort and support you need.
Why not a Running Shoe?
Running shoes are designed for heel to toe movement, which is excellent for running but they do not offer additional support for side to side movement. Cross trainers are specially designed for all types of rapid movement, either front to back or side to side.
Important features of Cross Training Shoes
A good pair of Cross Trainers have a durable and dense form of cushioning, which enhances the shoe’s stability and ensures their comfort for a variety of sports. They tend to be heavier than a running shoe and are therefore not recommended for regular running.
To allow for the different movements possible when cross training, it is important to have a very stable shoe. Different brands use different support features, so
ask our “Fit Technicians” for advice to find the best shoe for the combination of activities you plan to do.
Like all good shoes, comfort is extremely important. Correctly fitted shoes do not need time to be broken in and should feel good from the moment you put them on. It’s important to also remember that your feet can expand by up to half a size after exercise, so don’t purchase shoes which are too tight.
A good pair of Cross Trainers need to be versatile enough to cope with the demands of multiple activities and a range of movements. Look out for durable materials such as leather and outersoles made of rubber or polyurethane for longer wear. Double stitching, especially around the toe area will also add to the life of the shoes.