what are the best shoes to wear when working out in the gym?
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I've tried a "shape up" type of shoe and a regular sneaker, I end up with painful shins and feet and now blisters? Any suggestions?

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Shoes are kind of like cars, you're going to get a ton of opinions on what everyone thinks is "best" but it's all a matter of personal opinion. I used to work at a sporting goods store and would always suggest trying on multiple brands and see what feels best to YOU. I like ASICS for running just because they're so light weight and can take a lot of miles worth before wearing out. If I'm doing a lot of lower body weight lifting/machines then I prefer my Nike shox for a better sense of stability and balance. That's just my preference though. One of the first things you might do when you get a pair you like is put a new sole insert in them. Have you ever pulled the inner sole out of a new pair of shoes, most are terribly thin and flimsy. Gel soles are a decent option for replacement. Just remember no to feet are alike and even your gait (the way you walk) will affect things as well.

bradn65 55
4 years ago
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There's a good thread in one of the support groups about Athletic shoes, and preferences - you may want to go give it a gander.

coachsam2030 4.3k
4 years ago
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I would go to an athletic shoe store that specializes in shoe fitting. Everyone has different shape feet so some shoes may work wonderful for some people while others not so much. I personally like asics myself but that is because they feel the best on my feet.

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Courtney Murzyn 28k
4 years ago
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I have personally used asics for my runing and leg workouts with gel support ensoles. When I work out with weights I wear my puma's. I agree with Courtney, go to a professional foot doctor and get their advise on shoes. They can help you with proper support you are looking for.

Jonathan St. Sauver 42
4 years ago
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Thanks for the input. Tony, the limks you sent were very helpful. I'll head to the store (I think there is a Lady FootLocker in the mall)when I get off work and get a new pair of shoes. I'm just getting going and I don't want to lose motivation due to discomfort. Thanks again!

renasbrat 232
4 years ago
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Just curious, what brand & type are you leaning towards, or are you not sure yet?

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Tony Nicholson 138k
4 years ago
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I'll probably go with a Nike if I can find a good one that I can get in my size. I have small feet and it's sometimes difficult to find good shoes that fit.

renasbrat 232
4 years ago
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Nike, Saucony & Asics makes some really high quality kids shoes as well. I too have a small foot, and often buy kids sizes. A womans 7, is about a Kids's 5. (use the Eur size for a match) Plus, they are usually cheaper. The Asics I have for general gym/spin class are the Kids Version of the GEL Cumulus which are avg. $60 - as opposed to my running (adult version) GEL Cumulus which were $120.

coachsam2030 4.3k
4 years ago
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I tried Dr. Scholls shape ups and ended up having aches and pains I had never had before. I'm no doctor but I realized that when I wore them I stood and walked differently, not to mention that I stepped "wrong" often. I ended up getting a pair of sneakers that just felt REALLY good they were Fila's wore those out & now I have a pair of Reebok trail runners. I like these better because they have more support and are very comfortable. When I buy a pair of shoes they have to pass the test of "bounce" and comfort. I have bought some that feel like I had boxes on my feet. Although, I will admit that I'm not one for the shoes that have high heels or pointed toes. I only have this one pair of feet for life so I treat them pretty well. I think that what may be good for one may not be as good for all - we all have different feet & comfort. Just a personal opinion of one who LOVES shoes!!! LOL!

Karen Wood 12k
4 years ago

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