Friday Faves: What’s on My Feet 2.0

Let’s be honest about something…NOT all shoes are created equal. This couldn’t be more true when it comes to what we wear on our feet while working out (yes, I’m talking about my flip flops). Since I’ve upgraded and updated my shoe game (did you know running shoes actually have mileage caps?! Yikes!), my previously-aching body continues to thank me. It may seem like a no brainer—running shoes are great for running, and cross training shoes are best fit (pun intended) for cross training—but different shoes have different features beyond their basic classification. After years of training and trying different styles, I know what works and what doesn’t work for athletic shoes— our most underrated fitness essential. Say goodbye to that old pair of shoes, beautifully molded to your feet, holding fond memories of amazing runs, and say hello to some of my new favorite styles!

 Cross Training: Reebok Hayasu + Reebok Nanos

Style isn’t everything, but truly, when you look good, you feel good, and feeling good leads to working hard. These bad boys really do look as good as they feel, making me a happy camper in and out of the gym! While technically this is a “dance” shoe, it’s design allows for full range of motion for cross-training without compromising stability. If I’m not in my fave Hayasu, I’m cross training and lifting in Reebok Nanos. I could go on and on about these classic faves, but I already did that here! The Nanos really are nothing short of amazing.

Running: Nike Free RN Flyknit

 

If you’ve ever had a random achy hip or knee, it’s likely time to change up your shoes. Mileage, weight, and support are so important when picking the perfect running shoe. After two major knee surgeries, I HAVE to be picky about my running shoes. With these, I’m completely confident I’m getting the support and structure I need. If the running shoe fits, you’ll feel even faster (I kid you not!).  Nike Free RN Flyknits are the perfect lightweight shoes, giving a really comfortable fit for running. 

Trail Running: Reebok All Terrain

I may not be doing Spartan races or trail running every day, BUT when I do, I need the right shoe for the job. These kinds of races test your physical and mental strength, AND they also test your shoe strength. One of my biggest pet peeves with trail running is getting rocks in the grooves of my shoes. If you’ve experienced this, you know these pesky little things take away from your mental focus and physical comfort. Last seen here, Reebok has continued to up their game, adding Rock Guard to their All Terrain line of shoes! Yes, please!

Walking/Day-to-Day: Reebok Furylites

Before I became a mom, I vowed I would never wear anything simply based on comfort and convenience. Flash forward to four kids, two knee surgeries, a thousand workouts, and a million mom-on-the-go errands later, and comfort and convenience reigns supreme in my closet! While these may have the look of an athletic shoe, do not be deceived! They are NOT meant for heavy lifting or cross training. These are the end-all-be-all of cute, easy, comfy slip ons for chasing your kids around the house and making a much needed Starbucks run. The Furylites slip on easy, look good paired with both athletic wear and shorts + a tank, and come in so many fun colors and styles (I may or may not have 4 different pairs!). Truly, I love these shoe for everyday wear—you can’t beat the look or the feel of ’em (Bonus tip: They come in a slip on too!)! 

Flip-Flops: Havaianas 

ATTENTION FLIP-FLOP POLICE! You may or may not have seen the handful of times I’ve posted videos or pictures of myself lifting weights in flip-flops. Who knew that doing so would cause such controversy? Guys, let me be clear—I hate wearing shoes! I’ve found a handful of shoes I do enjoy wearing when I need to (above), but for the most part, I’ll take a good old fashioned flip-flop over a tennis shoe any day. So, when you spot me lifting weights in my sandals, have no fear—an explanation is here. I DO occasionally wear flip-flops while working out; however, it is not for any other reason beyond pure comfort. Also, I only do so when I am lifting upper body—never for legs or any cardio. So there you have it, the back story behind my sandal-laden workouts. Now that that’s out of the way, the good stuff! I consider myself quite the flip-flop connoisseur, so I feel completely comfortable saying these ones are some of the best! Easy, no frills, comfy, classic flip-flops. I wear these almost every day. Love them!

Xoxo,

Heidi

PS: Need an excuse to get some super cute new workout shoes? Here are some of my fave workouts, and you’ll def crush them in some new shoes! 😉

A Lotta Tabata || 4-Minute Total Body Toning Workouts
Top 10 At-Home Exercises for Total Body Toning
My Top 4 Fat-Blasting Cardio Workouts
Build-A-Booty Workout Video with The Glute Goddess


5 Comments

  1. Heidi C. - July 4, 2017

    This is something I have been in ‘high pursuit’ for quite a long time. American in the UK and canNOT find decent shoes. I miss my power walks! But if/when I do try in the ‘running shoes’ I do have, I return with really sore feet and ankles. There is such a limit to selection (Within a tight budget), I am finding that really expensive shoes ARE available, but I simply cannot afford them. Though I can appreciate: sometimes higher price equates higher and much more superior quality, I am wondering if there are any that are ‘low budget’ which can provide really good support, shock absorption and ‘fit’. I like my walking/running shoes to fit like a glove. Many moons ago, I used to do ‘super power walks’ – where my normal shoe size is 8 1/2 I would buy a size 7 – and wasn’t tight! Just fit my feet like a glove. This enabled me to pretty much fly (or do high intensity interval training!) However, nowadays, I am trying to see if I can find a pair of shoes which don’t have a plastic near-to hollow sole (preferably Velcro so I can *really* strap in!) that don’t cost an entire week’s worth of groceries! :/ I am in the last stretch of my weight loss journey, though I realise there would be different markets/sellers here in the UK (I miss the U.S. shops! BIG time! lol) but if you might be able to recommend fairly universal shoes, that would be SOOOOOOOOOOOOO appreciated 🙂 (Reebok and Nike are SO expensive here, it’s ridiculous :/ ) Thank you!

  2. Becky Leonard - July 1, 2017

    Team Powell,
    I have issues with my feet, extremely high arches and plantar fasciitis, I hate wearing shoes too, but I need to. which of these or any other shoes would you recommend to use?

    • Team Powell - July 3, 2017

      Hi Becky: We’d recommend that you go to a specialty running store where they can fit shoes to you foot (those high arches) and your movement pattern as well as take into account your plantar fasciitis. This link can help you find a store in your area: http://www.runnersworld.com/store-finder (The Powells are in no way affiliated with or sponsored by this company). When you go, be sure and take the shoes you’ve been wearing so they can see your wear pattern for those shoes. We wish you the best! 🙂

  3. Keith Haynes - May 23, 2017

    I need your help.

    I bought your “Extreme Transformations” audiobook on iTunes, and I can’t find the PDF that you reference throughout. I have also signed you on the Transform app and am ready to get going, but would like the PDF to back up the plan and give me all the great recipes.

    Can you help me find the PDF or direct me where to go?

    Thank you in advance!

    • Team Powell - May 23, 2017

      Hi Keith: Unfortunately, we don’t have the PDFs available for download. We hope you love the app and the book!

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