The best workout shoes for women

The best workout shoes for women

While gushing over the latest pair of stilettos and peep-toe heels is imaginable, especially after the influence of shows such as Sex and the City, it is a little hard to imagine the same level of enthusiasm when it comes to a pair of workout sneakers. It is in this specific area of footwear, where the need to find a pair of shoes with the right fit and balance, is more important than the aesthetic appeal of the shoe. However, with the ever-increasing number of style choices available in the market, choosing the best pair of shoes for your workout might become fun, and a few tips on how to choose workout shoes will ensure additional benefits.

Those who enjoy Zumba, kettle bell training and other activities which are usually held via group classes, will benefit from lightweight shoes which offer stability throughout the feet, and allow the feet enough breathing space to move with ease and speed. Some brands of light sport footwear offer additional benefits via lightweight soles, small holes to enable air to pass through, and soft insoles for comfort.

For those who are not fond of running barefoot [which is actually beneficial as it allows dormant muscles to function], there are interesting *foot shoes* which bring the barefoot running experience as close to actual barefoot running as possible. These shoes are not to everybody’s taste, although their benefits outweigh their unusual appearance.

Long distance runners however, require additional padding on the soles of their shoes which will provide stability and protection to their feet when they run, and delay tiredness.

For women who enjoy weight-training and circuit training, shoes need to be sturdy in order to avoid slippage. Since women’s feet are wider at the forefoot and narrower in the heel, specific shoes should be selected which take the shape of the feet into account and prevent them from wriggling around. Failure to select appropriate, sturdy shoes for weight training purposes could result in serious injuries.

Proper heel cushioning is recommended for shoes which are used for walking, be it on a treadmill or on the road. Since the heel hits the ground first when one is walking, it is important to ensure that the body’s natural alignment is maintained while providing adequate cushioning to entire foot.

Choosing the right workout shoes therefore, is heavily dependant on the kind of workout you are interested in. General use sneakers can be used for most light workouts which require minimal footwork, but should not be used for heavy-duty workouts which involve weights and exercise machines, as the sole of the foot requires additional cushioning and protection.

Failure to pick the right footwear can lead to minor issues such as corns, calloused skin, blisters, bleeding and chafing. Major issues range from sprained ankles to bone dislocation in the unfortunate event that you slip while performing a weight-training exercise, which specifically calls for superior support. Take your time therefore, and enjoy browsing through the many varieties, colors and designs available, and work out safely.

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