2019 Training Shoe Table

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.

Weightlifting: 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.

General/Speed: These are just what they sound like. The category is light and perfect for accelerating short distances, plyometrics/bodyweight training, and lighter lifting. They’re perfect if your goal is about losing weight or toning up.