My favorite part of this pic is Gym Buddy Megan’s daughter’s face. She looks tougher than all 3 of us weird grown-ups.
Fitness has so many rules that it is practically its own religion. Don’t believe me? Try and talk a triathlete out of their long ride/run/swim on Sundays. You might as well be stealing from the offerings plate. But it’s hard not to break a rule sometimes and I’m a rebel rule breaker! (Lie. I’m a total rules follower. Always have been, always will be.) Yet some of the worst fitness offenses I commit are related to one of the biggest fitness commandments – forgive me readers, for I have sinned.
How To Buy Fitness Shoes
Rule 1: Always buy a shoe based on function, not looks.
Confession: I buy shoes because they’re pretty. I used to wear these really ugly shiny white athletic shoes because they got the highest ratings for the activities I did. And then I got tired of being all party on top and business on bottom (wow, that came out badly). Now I look for style first and hope they will be halfway related to what I need them for. True story: I was thisclose to buying a pair of golf shoes even though I’ve golfed exactly once in my whole life because they were just that cute. So when Mizuno asked if I’d try out their new wave enigma shoes, the first thing I did was examine the picture from all angles. Adorable!! Yes, send me a pair please!
Rule 2: Use them for their intended purpose and nothing else
Confession: I used to have shox specifically for kickboxing, cross-trainers for boot camps, and runners for, well, running, duh. But it cramped my style since a) unless I only want to wear silver, pink and black when I run then I have to mix it up and b) Jelly Bean loveLOVEloves to try on shoes which means that it’s a crapshoot if I can find two that match each other much less match the workout. So yeah, the Mizuno Wave Enigmas are running shoes. I ran in them. I also kickboxed, lifted weights, did my Hot Sweaty Mess workout (that actually ended up being 119 degrees when the final total came in!!) and circuit trained in them. And they were awesome in every single activity. No shin splints, no black toenails, no arch cramps, no bizarre hotfoot – just a perfect fit from the second I put them on. This is a rarity in shoes – I have worn many pretty shoes that ended up not being good for anything except weight lifting *cough*Puma*cough.
Rule 3: Buy new ones every 3 months or XXX miles
Confession: I finally find a pair of super cute shoes that are magnificent at everything I put them through? I’m gonna wear the Enigma until they fall in tatters off my feet. (Or until they come out with new colors – look, shiny!) Seriously though, I’ve “outworn” all my shoes – some to the point they were holey (holy?) and destroyed – and I’ve never had anything bad happen to me or my feet or knees. Maybe I’m tempting fate by saying this but I think you can wear your shoes a lot longer than the salespeople/magazines/manufacturers say you can.
Rule 4: You get what you pay for
Confession: I buy a lot of shoes on clearance. Usually shoes go on clearance because of lame things like they are last year’s colors or whatever and they work awesome. (Of course sometimes they go on clearance because they suck – *cough*Puma*cough.) The Wave Enigma retails for $129.99. Good news: Thankfully I got mine for free to try. Bad news: Unfortunately now I’m in love with them. Hopefully the price point comes down before I wear this pair out.
What’s your shoe buying philosophy? Anyone else have any fitness shoe confessions? Anyone want to lecture me?? (Feel free to do so in the comments!)
See? I’m wearing them to “Boot Camp TurboKick” dress-up day! They’re hardcore! As is the little sweetie in the middle whose dad is in Afghanistan!! (Also, that camo hat I’m wearing is my 6-year-old’s. It’s a TODDLER sized cap from Children’s Place and I even had the velcro on the smallest setting. I told you I have a freakishly small head!)