Everyone has their own favorite kind of exercise. While some adore the relaxing, muscle-burning feel of a hike, others prefer the smooth, heart-pumping experience that swimming brings. Some need the relaxation of yoga to feel a genuine mind and body workout, while many others run to clear the mind.
What do all of these activities have in common? Each one is most effective with a great pair of shoes. From hiking boots to water sandals, having the right pair on your feet allows you to take advantage of all that exercise has to offer. So how do you pick the right pair?
First, assess your hike. Will you be gone for multiple days, or just for an afternoon? What will the terrain be like? Does the weather look wet or snowy? These are all factors that go into picking the perfect pair of hiking boots.
For a light, day-long hike, low-cut boots with flexible soles are the best you can buy. If you’ll be out for a longer period of time, however, you’ll want a mid-cut or high-cut boot, one that comes up farther on the ankle for ultimate support. And if the weather looks iffy, be sure to grab waterproof styles – you’ll thank us!
From kayaking to paddle-boarding and surfing, some water sports are best with a great pair of breathable, quick-drying water shoes. Easily transition from the kayak to the shore to a casual beachside dinner in a great pair of flexible, colorful water sandals. Your feet will always be happy and protected when walking along the beach or splashing around in the currents.
Running and walking
Finding the perfect pair of running shoes is certainly a process, and a completely individual one. Everyone has different bodies that work best with barefoot, minimal, high-cut, or arch-supporting styles. The most popular kind of running shoe is one that favors stability and reduce over-pronation (when the foot rolls inward). Others favor motion control, which keep the foot and ankle firmly in place. Our recommendation? Head over to a store that specializes in running to test your fit and stride.
What is your favorite form of exercise? What type of shoes work best for you? Let us know!