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!
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!)!
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!
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! 😉