The Best Workout Shoe To Work Hard And Look Good

By Ange

How often do you think about your gym shoes as an essential part of your workout kit?

Think about it. A comfortable shoe can make or break a good workout.

But chances are, your workout shoes actually also need to live beyond the gym.

After chatting to some of the 23W ladies the other day, I realised I was guilty of using the one pair of shoes for everything! Walking, lifting, running, HIIT, coffee… While it can be tempting to use the same pair of sneakers for all leisure based pursuits, it’s ideal to have a pair of shoes that you use just for the gym.

Seriously, I have ruined so many pairs of expensive running shoes, because of a lack of organisation to get the right shoe on my foot.

Let’s unpack how a running shoe differs from a weight lifting shoe and why you should try to find something that is both functional and that looks good.

Weightlifting shoes are purposely designed to improve the wearer’s stability. This is achieved by having a wide base and a raised heel. This raising of the heel allows the ankle joint to bend while still keeping the wearer’s feet flat, which is important for balance. Think about your squat, if you are able to keep your whole foot on the ground and drive through the whole foot, you will have an easier time lifting weights with good form.

Another great advantage of wearing the correct shoes for working out is to help in the prevention of injury. If the weightlifter loses stability, this force shifts to other areas of the body such as the joints. When this occurs, there is a chance that an injury can happen.

Ideally you are actually looking for a shoe with a harder sole. This is to improve the transfer of force. A hard sole does not allow the force to be spread across the floor. Instead of this, the power and energy that passes through the feet is channeled more directly to the lift.

Let’s unpack some of the more common shoes on the market at the moment, right across the spectrum of different uses. But a girl has got to look good and feel good as well?! That’s why there’s a few of my favourite athliesure options included in here as well:

General weightlifting: sneakers with a minimal arch or minimalist shoes.

Clay By NoBull

Deadlifting: flat soled shoes

Tonya Sneaker by Mi Piaci 

Running on the treadmill: your running shoes

Kayano by Asics

General shoe for gym and coffee shop: Minimal arch and smooth looks

Seles Luce Up Sneaker by Mi Piaci

Minimus Prevail by New Balance

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Ange Drake is an personal trainer, women’s empowerment coach and fitness blogger in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. She is the director of one of the few womens’ only strength training gyms in Melbourne, 23W. Ange helps women to learn how to use strength based training, nutritional strategies and a positive mindset to transform their bodies, relationship with food and mind.

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