How to choose gym shoes

Gym shoe selection is based mainly on the type and intensity of your workout. For those who like to do a little bit of everything, cross trainers work best. These are ‘jack of all trainings’ sort of shoes. They provide moderate traction and support, along with adequate cushioning to perform the various gym exercises. These are versatile, economical and durable at the same time.

If you are a keen runner and spend most of your time on a treadmill or on asphalt, it is better to invest in a good pair of running shoes. Running shoes have adequate shock absorption and better traction. They also have a comparatively wider outsole to improve lateral stability. However, they are made for straight running and lack sufficient lateral bracing. For this reason, it is not wise to use regular running shoes for sports such as basketball, tennis, etc., where you need to run in small bursts with lateral jerks and frequent jumping. For these activities, you need good foot and ankle support along with adequate cushioning.

Select a size that fits you comfortably; preferably try the shoes on wearing your gym socks. When you work out well, your feet are expected to swell; always leave some room to accommodate that.

Never overlook any aches and pains you develop during practice. Consult a physician to see if there is a gait or posture problem. Ergonx orthoses act as a good preventive measure against unnecessary fatigue and injuries, and help correct any biomechanical disturbances which may lead to a painful foot or lower limb.