Love shoe shopping but hate buying trainers? We’re not surprised! There are A LOT of choices out there. As well as style, colour, fashion and brand (which we leave to personal preference) there are hundreds of trainers that all look fairly similar but actually offer different support for different sports. We get asked all the times which trainers are best so here is ace’s guide to buying trainers and some great recommendations of brands that we love.
You need a cross-trainer – These are a good choice for any gym bunny and avid class goer as they perform well in many gym activities. The soles of cross-trainers are stable and have good enough traction to provide moderate support for lateral (side-to-side) movements. The soles are dense and provide good cushioning and stability. The Nike Free TR5 comes in loads of different styles and colour combinations and are a great cross-trainer, trainer!
If you’re a runner there are loads of factors you need to think about – your biomechanics (your running style), the surface you run on, your weight and the shape of your feet. It is vital to find the right pair of trainers to improve your running form and performance and help prevent injury and other aches and pains you may get from running. First off, you need to figure out your foot arch – do the wet foot test at home… wet your feet (or paint if you want to turn this into a toddler based messy play activity) and then step onto a piece of paper to see what footprint you have. Should look something like this:
Once you have worked out what foot type you are, go onto this web-site http://www.runnersworld.com/shoeadvisor put in your details to get a recommendation of the best runners and riders. There are also running shops which will test your biomechanics, observe your running and suggest several options to try on for comfort. The Asics shop on Oxford Street has a running lab and Profeet on the Fulham road will make you orthotics as well if you need them.
If you run on the street regularly and go to the gym and classes then you may need to buy 2 pairs of trainers! It’s expensive but worth it to get the most out of your exercise and protect your gym assets.
If you do buy some new trainers or just want to show off the ones you have, please take a picture and Instagram them using the hashtag #theaceway. We look forward to seeing all your fancy new trainers!
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