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Cross training shoes have quickly become one of the most popular types of athletic shoes today, but they also can create confusion for consumers. Also known as ‘cross trainers’, these shoes are constructed to meet the basic functional needs of athletes engaged in a variety of activities, and provide comfort, stability and durability.
If your workout regimen includes attending exercise classes, weightlifting and running, cross trainers are a good choice for you. They will save you from buying sport specific shoes, like running shoes, which are made specifically for running.
The ability of cross training shoes to perform equally well in sports like weightlifting, volleyball and tennis, have made them tremendously popular. In addition, continuous technological innovation in products, like Reebok, has created interest in this incredibly desirable shoe.
Be aware that the best cross trainer for you will vary based on foot size, shape and the way you move. The movements you make while playing tennis differ sharply than the movement during a visit to the gym. Therefore, focus on how the shoes fit and respond to you.
Know which key features of cross trainers are important to you. A leather upper provides more stability, but less breathability. If breathability is important to you, look for cross trainers that combine both leather and mesh.
Test your new shoes in the environment you'll be wearing them in. If you work out towards the end of the day, then that is the ideal time to test the fit of cross training shoes. It’s also important to understand the way your foot strikes the ground, or pronation. This will help you select cross training shoes that will offer the best support. Generally, cross trainers are designed to meet the demands of all foot types. Cushioning is usually durable and dense which enhances stability.
Cross training shoes are an excellent choice for most athletic activities, but to obtain the best performance and prevent injury, you should understand which activities suit the strengths of these shoes best. Since cross trainers are created to maximize lateral stability, you should use them primarily for activities that include side-to-side motion.
Activities that focus on forward motion, like running or walking, are better suited to shoes specifically designed for those activities.