We review a lot of running shoes up in here, but shoes that are designed for cross-training? Well, not so much. Because—I’ll confess!—even though I know better, I like to wear running shoes when I pretty much do anything. So whether it’s a workout at the Fit Pit, a run/walk or a Zumba class, I’m probably in running shoes. Despite the fact that if any one asked me what shoes to wear for general gym usage, I would recommend a crosstrainer.
Part of the problem is that I find running shoes to feel really good. And, frankly, I feel fast in them. And even if I’m not running, well, feeling fast feels good. The other part of the problem is that crosstrainers always feel heavy and bulky to me. Again, I like to feel fast. So when I heard about Puma’s new lightweight, flexible training shoe, PUMAGILITY (fun name, too, right?), I was like “game on.” Just look at her. She’s cute, a touch loud (you know how I like those bright colors!) and seriously fast-feeling.
In my opinion, PUMAGILITY ($85) is a shoe that has just the right mix of agility and stability. With what I like to call fun little stegosaurus-esque triangles on the midsole, these pyramidal shapes are actually completely functional. According to Puma, they compress on impact and widen the shoe’s base to create a stable platform—one that doesn’t compromise the shoe’s flexibility and lightness. Flex grooves also provide a smooth heel-to-toe transition during a jog or a workout requiring side-to-side movements. And the mesh upper allows your feet to breathe. They certainly feel great during a workout—and a run. So they’re the best of both worlds. And did we mention they’re cute?
What do you look for in a cross-training shoe? A certain feel? A certain look? Something else? Share! —Jenn