Brands of fitness shoes

When it comes to shoe shopping, I like to consider myself a bit of an expert. My Mom would say the same thing. I have two closets full of shoes, from high heels to flats to fitness shoes. I could probably spend a full day discussing what my favorite brand of shoe is, but that would really depend on what kind of shoe I was looking to wear. For the sake of not making this a 3000 word post, I’m going to discuss my favorite fitness shoes.

I like to work out. A lot. It’s become more important to me since my Uncle Buster had a heart attack this past month. Buster’s (his real name is Claude) doctors told him that had he not been in such good shape, he would have not made it. Buster is a recently retired ER surgeon, and has been working out religiously every day for the last 30 years. When I say ‘work out’, I don’t mean to say that he goes to a gym every day, but he sees to it that he at least takes a long 30 minute walk daily. He eats right also, which helped him through the heart attack because even though some plaque slipped and blocked an artery, the rest of his heart was in good enough shape to keep pumping through the massive heart attack.

I didn’t use to be such a workout buff, but I’ve been working out at least 2-3 times per week for the past 2 years. Now that Buster’s heart attack has kicked my hynie into shape, I’ll be trying to get to the gym at least 5 times a week, and doing some things to stay in shape when I’m home.

Okay, now onto my fitness shoe review. First, I must say that I formerly worked out in high top Converse shoes, which didn’t really lend much support to my ankles or my feet. Since I’ve been going to the gym more, and running outside, I need more support throughout my entire foot. Since I love shoes, I decided to spend about $300 on three pairs of shoes about a month ago, and my results are below:

-I bought a pair of Nike Lunarglides to strictly run in. When I reviewed them online before I bought them, I found that most people thought they were the best running shoe for women because they were very light and still had some cushioning support for your foot. The only thing I don’t really like about them is they are a little light on the cushion around my ankles, and I initially got a blister on my right ankle (that has since gone away). Now that I have broken them in, they are really great for running either outside or on the treadmill.

-I bought a pair of New Balance Vazee Pace shoes to take the gym and do all my other working out in when I’m not strictly running. I really like these shoes because they have a bit more cushioning around the ankles, and they seem to be a better fit for my feet (I have a pretty normal foot).  These have very little wear on them currently because I’m strictly using them at the gym . I like these a little better than the Nikes.

-Lastly, I bought a pair of Asics GT – 1000 4PR. I really bought these because they are a pink shoe that was made to benefit cancer research. With every pair sold, Asics gives $10 to cancer research. The shoes themselves are very comfortable, and I’ve been swapping them out with my Nike’s when I run.

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Until next time, I hope you enjoy working out, hopefully in some new shoes that I’ve recommended above!