I’m totally guilty of crimes against my feet. I’m not only terrible at purchasing replacements, but I’m also guilty of buying one pair of running shoes and wearing them everywhere for everything. Whether it’s to the grocery store, on the elliptical or to bounce around my living room doing a DVD, my running shoes are on my feet.
When the people behind Nike shoe design mentioned earlier this month that many women commit this athletic faux pas—wearing the wrong shoe for the activity—I didn’t feel so bad. My guilt was assuaged knowing that I was in the company of millions of foot criminals around the world.
Nike is, however, on a mission to match the shoe with the activity with its Sister One training shoes. Running shoes are built for forward motion. The tread is designed for the areas of greatest wear and tear while running. But when doing other sorts of training, which requires multi-directional movement of your feet, an actual training shoe is your best bet.
Nike’s Zoom Sister One+ training shoe is built so that you’re not fighting the shoe. It’s got a unique tread pattern that allows the tread to move in all directions, working with your natural movement, and the Flywire threads form a cage of support around your foot. I tried the shoes out during an intense workout and loved their light weight. Unlike running shoes, which have that super-thick tread that hinders sideways movement, these shoes are smooth and won’t easily snag on carpet if you’re jamming out to your favorite workout DVDs at home. For how lightweight they are, my feet definitely feel supported for any quick drills or bootcamp moves that could be thrown at me. They’re also Nike+ enabled. Technology and fashion? Count me in! —Erin
Don’t forget to wear the right shoes for hiking, too. Check out Jenn’s new hiking boots here.