Shoe question

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Shoe question
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Wed, 06-12-2013 - 5:18pm

I'm thinking about trying Zumba so I was looking at some websites for classes offered in my area. One of them said that you should not wear running shoes for Zumba, wear cross trainers. My questions are, does it really matter for Zumba? My "workout" shoes are running shoes because one of my forms of exercise is walking (sometimes with some short jogs thrown in) but its hard to find walking shoes that fit me whereas there are lots of choices in running shoes. I need to replace my current running shoes so my second question is if cross trainers would be suitable for the walking? I could buy two different pairs but I'd rather just get one for now. Any other comments or suggestions? Thanks!

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Registered: 11-28-1999
In reply to: elc11
Wed, 06-12-2013 - 9:37pm

I think the reason they say don't wear running shoes is that running shoes are made for only straight forward movement of the foot.  I am thinking of trying Zumba since they just opened a new studio right near my house so I'll let you know.  I've done it a little and since it's more based on dance movements I would think there is also side to side movement of your foot--I doubt that it would be iimpossible to do it w/ running sneakers but I think cross trainers would probably be better.  I think if you have a good shoe store you could ask them.

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Registered: 04-05-2002
In reply to: elc11
Thu, 06-13-2013 - 7:08am

Welcome to the board! Musiclover has the right answer.  Running shoes are made for forward movement and crosstrainers/studio shoes move in different directions. Running shoes won't let you pivot and turn easily but even worst, make it easier to turn your ankle. A solid pair of crosstrainers will allow you to walk and do zumba but it does depend on the distance. If you're going out for a 2-3 miles, crosstrainers will be fine.But, if you're doing an activity seriously, then I'd get the shoe for that activity (or running for walking which is a great choice). You will find studio shoes these days, made for things like zumba, but I wouldn't use them for walking. There isn't enough support.  Hope that helps!  Let us know how you like zumba.






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Registered: 06-16-1998
In reply to: elc11
Thu, 06-13-2013 - 12:41pm

Thanks for the replies ladies. I went shoe shopping and found a pair of walking shoes and a pair of crosstrainers. I decided to just get both of them since I may not be so lucky next time I go shopping...and I was able to get $20 off the second pair! 

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Registered: 04-05-2002
In reply to: jeanwl
Thu, 06-13-2013 - 1:23pm

Great deal!  And, even though you bought two pairs, you have to replace them less often so it really doesn't cost more in the long run.  Let us know how you like Zumba!






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Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 06-17-2013 - 9:33am

I spent the weekend looking for a good pair of walking shoes and I found some that were comfortable but I can't get over the look of most shoes these days. I wear athletic shoes for everything and I don't want to walk around in neon shoes. I'm having trouble finding something in subtle colors that I can wear to work. lol 

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Tue, 06-18-2013 - 12:39pm

I usually get two pairs at a time too so I can switch them up. I like to wear the cross trainers if I am going to be doing some sort of timed thing at the gym where it involves cardio, weights and reps or jumping. It has a name but I can't remember what it is called. I wear my walking shoes if I am just going to get on the treadmill or take a walk.

Where did you find your deal?

Kay

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Registered: 06-16-1998
In reply to: elc11
Tue, 06-18-2013 - 6:10pm

I got the deal at Sport Chalet, its a chain in just some western states. I joined some type of "rewards" program with them several years ago and occasionally I get a coupon, this time it was spend $100 and get a $20 gift card. I talked the cashier into letting me first buy the more expensive walking shoes plus some Power Bars to hit $100, then buy the Xtrainers and apply the gift card.

Yep, these were some expensive shoes! The only brand I get a really good fit in is Asics and this store carries a pretty good selection, but usually at MSRP. I almost never find Asics walking shoes, and these were solid white; and the Xtrainers are solid black except for white soles and the Asics logo thingy on the sides is outlined in white. The Asics running shoes were all pretty bright or garish with either metallics or neon colors. I'll be so glad when that trend dies. So many people use running shoes for street wear and don't want want the bright colors. My dh wears Brooks and most of his shoes have at least part of it in neon colors, including trail running shoes (maybe so the mountain lions will be offended and not attack?). I get that you want visibilty while running on the street; and when used strictly for working out its probably fun sometimes to have a pop of color---although I don't really want to draw attention to my less than svelte body so I'll stick with the boring solid colors.