Momma needs a new pair of shoes

First thank you for the comments on my post about balancing motherhood and life. It’s so nice to know that I’m not the only one struggling!

Now onto the important topic of the day, shoes.

Its been a long time since I’ve bought a cute new pair of shoes. I have no problem buying running shoes but when it comes to fashionable heels, boots, even causual tennis shoes and such I have a hard time justifying the expense. I feel selfish and constantly think, with that $100 I just spent on those shoes that I didn’t really need, I could have done xyz or paid xyz bill, etc.

Now that I’m doing actual classes (I’m LOVING Cardio Sculpt!) at the gym, I think I actually need a new pair of shoes. I was checking out other people’s footwear in class on Wednesday and determined that my old worn out Asics are just not going to cut it. They have a little too much bounce still and when I’m hoping over a Step, I need something that isn’t going to throw me off balance. Is it sad that I didn’t even realize there are shoes designed for just these types of activities? I shouldn’t have been so surprised.

Question is what kind? There are so many to choose from I have no idea where to start. Asic makes a few cute ones, but so does Puma. Who has a recommendation for me?

One thought on “Momma needs a new pair of shoes

  1. Per one of the Leaders in the Cardio Sculpt Movement…
    Agility drills. Linear exercises. Lateral movements. Specialized motions need specialized shoes. One of the most common mistakes people seeking to get in shape make is not quite understanding the importance of proper footwear.

    Generally, running and jogging shoes are built for forward motion—that is, they’re good for heel strike to toe-off. They have an emphasis on thicker heels and midsoles with more flexiblility in the toe area, and have thicker overall cushioning that allows for shock absorption during impact. This helps transfer energy from legs to feet and into the ground as runners move along. The soles of running shoes are curved so that the front tip of the shoe is arched upward and has distinct treads—both of which also aid in the forward running motion.

    Training exercises take advantage of repeated movements to condition specific parts of the body. This could mean anything from lateral moves in an aerobics class to the high impact of kickboxing to the repeated motion of weight lifting. Training shoes are designed with this variety of uses in mind. They feature characteristics like flexibility in the forefront of the shoe to allow for more agility and added support on the sides to aid in lateral movement, with added cushioning placed in key areas of the shoe for shock absorbtion. This combination of support, flexibility and cushioning allow athletes to easily move from weight lifting exercises like squats along to more flexible movements like lunges, while accommodating linear movements for warm-up such as a brief walk or light jog. The soles of training shoes usually have a very supportive heel and slight treads since they’re not intended for running on the road.

    For our class, I would recommend New Balance 813. Here’s the link to buy them. I don’t think you can get them in stores, you’ll have to go online. I’ve found them to be very true to size!
    http://www.shopnewbalance.com/women/shoes/cross-training/WX813BK

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