Reader’s Request: Choose your shoes

Hiiii 😀 Happy almost-Friday! How’s your morning going??


I was visited by the tea fairy!!


The family I bought the furniture from is moving out-of-country, so the wife hooked me up with her tea stash! She’s a yoga instructor, tea fanatic, health nut, I totally want to hang out with her and she’s moving :/ Isn’t it sad when that happens?


So I enjoyed a lovely cup of peppermint tea with this morning’s egg-rito (brown rice tortilla, eggs, green salsa, nutritional yeast)

I’m off to work early this morning (half-asleep zombie mode) and figured it would be a fun time for a reader’ request post.

Quite a few of ya have asked me what type of shoes I recommend for each type of fitness activity and since I did a *what to wear* post, let’s talk about shoes:)


1. Zumba/Dance Trance/ Dance Cardio

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-What to look for: Shoe weight. Does it feel heavy when you pick it up? It will feel heavy when you’re dancing. Some shoes have pivot points on the bottom, which are ideal for spinning. Check out the soles of the shoe to make sure they’re not too thick, as bulky shoes are very difficult to dance in.

-Some of my faves: Nike Musique, Nike Huarache lows, Zumba fitness Z1 sneakers, Puma women’s etoile –dance sneakers are great too

2. Step aerobics/hi low (aerobics classes with varying intensities)


-What to look for: A supportive shoe. You’re going to need stability for lateral movements,  and cushioning without the shoe being too bulky.

-Some of my faves: Saucony grid cohesion, Adidas thalia lux fitness,

3. Spin


-What to look for: head to a local bike shop to be fitted for clip-in shoes if you’re a hardcore spinner, or you can strap your regular sneaks into the cages. If you’re going to wear your own sneakers, I recommend a single-sole shoe. The ones with split soles always hurt my feet! Definitely take a few spin classes in your regular shoes to see if you’d like to invest in cycling shoes.

-Great cycling shoes: Pearl izumi x-alp drift, SIDI tork shoes, Louis Garneau multi rx

4. Weight training/Bootcamp-style workouts

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-What to look for: stability is key. Check out cross-training or running shoes and make sure that they’re supportive on your feet. Do a couple of moves in the aisle to see how they feel and go from there. My weight training shoes are my *fun* shoes.. which means if they have pink, I’m getting those 😉

5. Water aerobics


-What to look for: a shoe that will do the trick from land to the pool. Lightweight, breathable mesh and comfort are importante.

-Check out: Speedo women’s amphibious hydro comfort, Ryka aqua fit 3

6. Running

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-What to look for: a shoe that’s perfect for YOUR foot. I highly recommend visiting a local running store for a foot analysis. They’ll be able to analyze your stride and determine what type of shoe would be the best fit. A tip: use your running shoes ONLY for running. Have a separate pair for walking the dog, lifting weights, etc. This is because running with wear out your shoe in different areas than other activities will- you want to make sure that they’re probably broken in to run, not run errands 😉

Hope this helps a little!

As always, send reader’s requests my way: fitnessista at gmail dot com 😀

See ya later this afternoon!



Something to talk about: Do you stick to the name brand of shoes? (I almost always get Nike or Asics) How did you find your current fitness shoe love?

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  1. Danielle (Shrinking and Studying) on May 5, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I’m obsessed with my Asics! I couldn’t afford them for the longest time and it was really affecting my attempts to run because I got awful shin splints and IT pain. Then for my birthday my amazing friends all pooled $$ for a gift card for me to get new running shoes! It was EXACTLY the cost of my gel asics and seriously it felt like running on a cloud. I’d totally be willing to try out other pairs of shoes but I think I’m an asics fan for life! My boyfriend laughs at how protective I am of them! 😉

  2. Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy & Healthy on May 5, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    I just bought Nike Free’s and I LOVE THEM. They’re super light and slip on and have really helped with my shin splints. They’re modeled after the whole “barefoot” craze, but not like the vibram 5 fingers with the separate toes. I’ve been recommending them to everyone.

  3. andrenna on May 5, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I love Tulsi Tea in Sweet Rose. It’s caffeine free and delicious. It’s the only tea that I always finish the whole box!

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2011 at 12:54 am

      i have some heating up right now 🙂

  4. Tracy @ Commit to Fit on May 5, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I have always been an adidas girl, but now I realize how a shoe fits is much more important than what brand it is 🙂

  5. Christine @ Burning It Off on May 6, 2011 at 6:41 am

    I’m terrible, I use the SAME shoes for every workout. The problem is I do most of the above activities (spinning, boot camp, weights, step, running) so I’d have to spend a small fortune if I were to invest in a different pair for each one lol…

  6. Amanda B. on May 6, 2011 at 9:31 am

    This is super helpful! And it’s making me want to beef up my shoe stash, haha. You can never have too many, right? 😉

    Total aside- but as a runner-turned-weightlifter, I’m finding that running shoes totally don’t work for lifting. I think it’s because I need very supportive running shoes- which means squishy soles, which aren’t that stable for lifting. I started lifting in my Chucks and it makes such a huge difference for me in terms of stability.

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