If you have been following me on Facebook or Instagram, you may know that I absolutely love sneakers. I live in them daily. I match my outfits around them. Unless I’m travelling, I almost never wear the same pair two days in a row. So yes, I may have a small problem. But that’s ok. It’s one I can live with 🙂
But I truly believe that, if fitness is a big part of your life, it is important to invest in a good pair of sneakers. Most back, knee, ankle, toe injuries can be helped almost immediately by wearing a good pair of shoes (and orthotics if necessary). I run quite a bit and have had two knee surgeries as well as a herniated disc in my lower back, so I had my gait analyzed at a running shoe store to find out what type of shoe fit my food best. I would highly recommend that if you haven’t had it done.
Below are some of the major players in my current sneaker rotation. This could change tomorrow depending on how I’m feeling or what I see at the Nike store next time I’m there, of course 🙂
Nike Frees 3.0
If you have these, you may notice that some of them say 3.0, 4.0 or 5.0. The number is the “degree of free” on an ideal scale of 0 to 10, where 0 is barefoot and 10 is a traditional cushioned shoe. I like the black ones the best because they match everything. These are very light weight and feel like you are wearing a sock.
New Balance Minimus
These are New Balance’s version of the Nike Free. Super lightweight and very comfortable. I would wear these on leg day – especially if I’m doing squats – because the sole is flat and better for balance.
Asics GEL-Noosa Tri 8
This is my all-time favorite running shoe. They come in a bunch of other colors as well. I ONLY run in Asics, Brooks, or Mizuno shoes. They have great cushion, great support and have a ton of great colors.
These are some of the most comfortable Nike shoes ever made. I wore these for the first time on a FitnessRx for Women photo-shoot and had to get them. These would be good for those who like to go walking a lot. You could run in them, but for me, I prefer Asics, Brooks or Mizunos.
These used to be a lot more popular. They are very fashionable and are a bit wider in the toe, but they are a little heavier than a traditional running shoe or the Nike Frees. I wear these casually or to the gym to train upper-body.
Every sneaker lover should own a pair of Converse. Although I don’t train in these, I love to wear them with a pair of jean shorts on a casual Sunday 🙂
LOL people think I am crazy………you totally have to match your shoes and outfit. I have a ton of sneakers as well. I have been following you on your fitness journey and you have some great workout clothing…… Where do you get them? I have noticed you in Blue Fish wear. GREAT POSTLog in to reply
I am also a sneaker addict. I own more sneakers than heels, sandals and slippers (aka flip flops) combined 🙂Log in to reply
You have to try some Under Armour shoes. They make the most comfortable shoes and they fit perfect. The Speed form Apollo. All the Spine models. U will love them. I am also a sneaker addict. I see a new pair I need weekly.Log in to reply
Yes, I agree Jason! I bought a pair of Under Armour and they were very comfortable, I could even run in them. I liked them the best because they’re good for someone with a wide foot.Log in to reply
Under Armour are great too! Addicted to sneakers from Mexico, City…Asics sneakers are the most expensive here.Log in to reply
See I knew you had a pair of those lunar glides, yeah I got mine when I went to DisneylandLog in to reply
maybe one of these days I’ll get to train with you, your fan and friend …Bobby
Hi Nicole, I’m not sure if I’m remembering correctly…….are you bringing out a line of clothing???Log in to reply
YES! I still am waiting on a few items to be completed and then I have to do a shoot with all of the clothing, so I am hoping it will all be ready to launch around Sept.Log in to reply
I was just looking for some new sneakers and I saw your post! Perfect timing! Thanks for all the advice, I love shopping in general but, shoe shopping is the best. Great post, I loved it!Log in to reply
Yeap, good old fashion Converse! Love keeping it old school!Log in to reply
When you deadlift, do you not use a flat shoe, such as converse?Log in to reply
Yes or nike frees.Log in to reply
I really like it when individuals come together and share views.Log in to reply
Great blog, continue the good work!
I love to see the shoes and outfits that you wear!!! I am the same as you with about living in training/running shoes. I think I have almost all the same ones!!! Good luck at the Olympia!!!Log in to reply
Thank you! I live in workout clothes lolLog in to reply
Hi! Which kind of Nike Frees for leg day? There are so many kinds!Log in to reply
Any flat shoes are good- minimal cushion. I would also recommend converse or Nike Metcons.Log in to reply