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    I was wondering which shoes are people use for treadmill/gym use X-Trainers or Running Shoes, I will mainly be using them indoors and the only "impact" use will be on the treadmill.
    Which one from here- https://voy-voy.com/best-shoes-for-treadmill/ will you recommend and why?
    Thanks.
    Last edited by alfrean; 09-11-2020, 11:28 AM.

  • #2
    I ran 20-25 miles a week on a treadmill for roughly 10 years.

    The shoes don't really matter. I started with some nice shoes that the people at the running store told me would be perfect for my gait, blah blah, and I did like the $120 shoes, but I went through another 20 pairs after that all < $50 (maybe a dozen kinds?) and all were fine with one execption--asics gel venture--I bought 2 pairs of these (5 and 6) and without fail the shoelaces came untied around the 2-3 mile mark and then again around the 5-6 mile mark; unless i double knotted them.

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    • #3
      Hi guys, well I'm not going to say that I have special sneakers for the gym or for the treadmill, because that would be untrue. When I decided to go to the gym for training, I had Nike Air Max sneakers at home, I decided to take them to training. What can I say, I was fine in them, they are light, almost weightless. Of course, there are better sneakers for training, but I am satisfied with these, because I do not consider myself a professional athlete.
      Last edited by owengraham; 02-09-2021, 10:51 PM.

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      • #4
        The best shoe for you is really going to vary by your running style. My favorite running shoes are neutral shoes with a lot of cushioning. I am a heavier runner and I prefer a more solid shoe.

        In terms of shoes probably the two most important characteristics you are looking for are

        1. Correct stablilty--running shoes can roughly be divided into three categories
        Neutral:
        Stability:
        Motion Control

        If you don't have problems pronating go with neutral, if you pronate a little, but not really bad, go with stabililty. If you have lots of problems with pronating, use a motion control. Most people use a neutral or stability shoe. Neutral shoes usually are uniform from back to front. Stability and motion control shoes usually use either denser more inflexible foam in the middle or a rigid plastic piece in the middle to keep you from pronating. If you don't know if you pronate, just look at your current running shoes. If on the bottom the inside is more worn than the outside you pronate and should get stability shoes. If the pronation pattern is really bad, get a motion control shoe. Generally speaking people with high arches don't pronate and people with flat feet do pronate, but you can find lots of exceptions.

        2. Cushioning---For a while minimal shoes were trending. I think that trend may be abating. I never liked that trend. For 5k and 10k races I do wear lighter shoes but I don't like to do my daily runs in light shoes. I am 205 pounds and prefer a more solid shoe with the medium dense foam. The stack height of the shoe along with the weight of the shoe (at least amongst similarly priced shoes) give you an idea of how solid the shoe is.

        Price: I tend to buy more expensive running shoes, but I run a lot. The main differences can be divided into three categories
        Fabric: The more expensive shoes use lighter fabric and are more durable--sometimes you can put a hold through the fabric of a cheap running shoe
        Foam: Most running shoes use foam for cushioning. In general lighter foams give you better energy return while denser foams are more durable. The expensive shoes use more expensive foams that have a better combo of energy return and durability. A lot of cheaper runnign shoes use eva which has a pretty good energy return (it feels fast), but wears out quick. For example the difference between a more and less durable foam may be the cushioning starting to decline at 250 miles compared to 500 miles. That said for lighter people foam durability is less of an issue and quality foam is probably not worth the price difference.
        Sole of the shoe: Usually cheap shoes have blown rubber on the entire sole. Blown rubber feels good and is flexible but wears out quickly. Expensive shoes tend to have blown rubber in the front and middle of the sole, but use harder carbon rubber in the back. This makes the sole more durable for heel strikers. Unlike the front and middle of your foot which flex when you run and benefit from blown rubber, your heel is rigid so there is no benefit in having a softer more flexible rubber on the heel so more expensive shoes use more durable carbon rubber in the heels.

        Probably the biggest two factors on whether you should go expensive or cheap is 1) Do you plan to run a lot (if no go cheap) and 2) Are you big (if you are 130 pounds its a lot easier to get away with cheap shoes than if you are 230 pounds)

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        • #5
          I'm all about lower impact so i can go hard on squats. I find the Hoka One One most cushioned shoe, the Bondi 6, is great for me. It's like running on a couple of clouds, and my knees and feet feel great and ready to squat 3x week. They take some getting used to if you're not accustomed to a "maximalist" shoe, but once you're acclimated, they are wonderful.

          Some people absolutely hate them and they aren't really designed to "go fast", so your mileage may vary, but I'm 51 and running is secondary to my strength training, and the lower impact is worth the performance trade off.

          EDIT: just noticed you specified a list of shoes and the one i recommended isn't on it. sorry!

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