Finding the right footwear for your needs can be a real struggle sometimes. How do you know what you want for your specific needs? Is there a shoe that can manage all your expectations, from everyday wear to running wear to gym wear? What are the repercussions for wearing the wrong shoes for the wrong activities? We will go over a few of these questions in hope of clearing up your needs and expectations.
Most shoes will be either street shoes, running shoes, or training shoes. But how do you tell the difference? Lets start with running shoes. Running shoes are built for heel to toe movement. Running shoes have a higher heel drop for added support and cushioning. Okay, great. So, now what about training shoes? Training shoes are made for lateral (side-to-side) movement. Unlike the one-way movement of running shoes, training shoes are designed for multi-directional movement. Their soles are often flatter, making them more flexible to give you optimal range of movement.
The most obvious repercussion is discomfort. You will know almost immediately after you start your workout if your shoes are a good fit or not. If they don’t feel right, they probably aren’t the right shoe. Listen to what your body is telling you. Another common repercussion is lowered performance. If you are hoping to get the most out of your workout, you need the right footwear. You will discover you are working harder to achieve lesser results. Obviously, that is the opposite of what you want, so getting the proper footwear can make a huge difference in your achievements as well. And finally, you guessed it, injuries. Everything from ankle sprains to knee injuries to bruising. Specific shoes are meant to prevent injuries such as these. A training shoe, for example, doesn’t have as much shock absorption as a running shoe.
You are probably wondering by now if there are shoes that are designed to be good for training, running, and regular everyday wear. The answer is yes, they are the Gorilla Wear Gym Hybrids. These shoes have the technology of running shoes and the technology of training shoes, with a few added features to make them really stand out, such as a breathable mesh exterior. The low-cut design, TPU heel clip, lifted foot midsole, and high spring EVA insoles mean you can wear them comfortably to the gym and outdoor cardio like running without injury or worry. As far as versatility is concerned, these shoes have the market cornered!