There’s a lot to take in, when it comes to running shoes. Walking into a store and seeing a wall of shoes can be overwhelming, so I’ve constructed this handy guide to the major shoes of the major brands, as well as a small key for understanding it.
Types of Training
Metabolic Conditioning: A special kind of training based around weightlifting and running (up to about 3mi/5k), it’s a more extreme version of circuit training. The most famous version of this is Crossfit, but gridiron and futbol can use similar methods.
Speed/Agility: Generally the lightest shoes of the bunch, these are made for accelerating short distances and “cutting” (quickly changing direction). They’re also good for plyometrics (explosiveness) and other bodyweight training.
Strength/Lifting: These come in two varieties: heels and flats. Heeled shoes are ideal for Olympic lifting and squats, especially if you have ankle mobility issues. Flats are the favorite of powerlifters, and they look a bit more fashionable. Both kinds are very firm and not very useful for other training, so make sure you’re serious about strength-building before investing in a pair.
Standard: These are just what they sound like. The category embodies “jack of all trades, master of none.” They’re usually pretty comfortable, so if you’re just working out to lose a little weight or stay in shape, these are up your alley.
- NB= New Balance
- (M)= Male-only model
- (F)= Female-only model