Your Shoes Could Be Killing Your Workout

Now I’m sure you’ve heard that getting the right type of workout shoes is important. Have you really looked into this, though? Probably not–I know I haven’t! Even though there are endless shoes for the seemingly endless types of workouts, most people just buy whatever shoe fits and feels comfortable. This is totally fine!

However, if your someone who takes working out more seriously, and is concerned about potential injuries, you may want to reevaluate your shoes. And if you are one of these people–even better news for you–all the information you need is right here!

Treadmill Running

Most treadmills have some sort of bounce or cushion built into them, so it’s important that your running shoes have solid ankle support, thin, and flexible soles. Finding this type of running shoe will help you restabilize yourself each time your foot comes back underneath you.

Obviously, running on the treadmill isn’t the only type of running there is. However, picking running shoes for racing, marathons, trails, pavement, beaches, or everyday running is a little more complex. Here’s a link that can help you navigate running shoes for anything other than the treadmill:


For this type of workout, most trainers recommend getting a pair of shoes that are flat and tight on your foot. There are also weightlifting-specific shoes that have an elevated, flat, non-cushioned heel that will help you keep proper posture throughout your workout.


There are two recommendations for spin-class shoes. First, a pair of shoes that have very stiff soles. Having shoes with stiff soles ensures that the power you’re creating will not be absorbed by an overly-cushioned shoe. Second, clip-in shoes. These shoes are made specifically for spin classes. Having the ability to secure your shoes to the bike, allows you to stay secure, balanced, and aligned throughout the class.


Between the combination of weightlifting, box jumps, jump rope, rowing, running, and calisthenics, a flat-soled shoe with minimal cushion is recommended. Slight cushioning is needed to absorb impact from jumping, but you still need to stabilize yourself relatively quickly.


This type of workout needs shoes that support your ankles. These can be similar to running shoes in the sence that you need something light, flexible, and supportive. Based on the rebounding exercises that you’ll encounter during this workout, your feet will thank you later.

Written by GUADS staff member Toni with contributions from and

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