A girl can never have too many shoes, right? Personally, I’ve never been a huge collector of shoes and the thought of accessorizing different styles with different outfits makes me sleepy.
One area where I do make sure I have more than one pair of shoes, however, is fitness. I actually think that I could use even more, but let’s not go crazy. Different workouts require different needs, and you should always ensure that your choice of footwear is appropriate.
1. Not all shoes are created equal
It should come as no surprise that different athletic activities require different types of shoes. The shoes I wear for running, for example, are very different from the ones I wear for high-intensity or strength workouts:
- HIIT/strength: Nike Fly Freeknit 4.0 (I’m OBSESSED)
- Running: a neutral to mild stability shoe (for me; you may be different)
The reason why I don’t need as advanced of a shoe for strength training is because my feet stay in relatively the same position. In fact, minimalist shoes are preferred because proper form on some of those movements is impeded by shoes with a thick sole. You want to be as close to flat on the floor as you can. My Nike’s have been phenomenal, but sometimes when I am doing a HIIT workout with sprinting, they lack sufficient support. TIME FOR ANOTHER PAIR.
Whenever it is time for me to purchase a new pair of running shoes, I ALWAYS go to my local running store and get fitted. Even though I usually end up with the same results, I like to make sure that nothing has changed and that I’m still buying the correct type of shoe for my runs. A majority of my running shoes have been from Brooks, but if another brand feels better to me during that trial, I will purchase that. I’ve had shoes from Brooks, Mizuno, and Asics that have all served me well.
Even within the world of running there are multiple types of running. Trail running requires different support than street running. You may even have different shoes for long vs. short runs.
2. Extend the life of your shoes
By having more than one pair, you are able to make those pairs last longer. You won’t have to completely wear them out before replacing them. Sometimes a new shoe takes a little while to break in, so if you wear your old ones to the bitter end, it will mean that your only option is to break your new ones in. This could lead to discomfort or injury if they are your only option.
By having two pairs, you can mix up when and where you wear them so that both are ready to go whenever you need them. This also comes in handy if you get stuck in inclement weather and you need a dry pair!
3. Your injury risk is lessened
Different shoes have different designs and stabilities, which means that when you use them, you will be activating different muscle groups. By focusing on a variety of muscles instead of the same ones over and over again, you put less stress on the body and reduce your risk of injury.
- Do you have more than one pair of athletic shoes?
- What other reasons can you think of to do so?