Exercise! - The right shoes

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03-12-2012, 04:19 PM
Im overweight Im at 222 I have already lost 17 pounds . Ok I excercise three times a week zumba and walking on the treadmill . I notice the other day my feet my hurting on the bottom because maybe its the shoes Im wearing . Can anyone tell me a good shoes to wear for walking and doing zumba. I went to the shoes places but I get so confused of what to get for my feet . so if anyone can tell me a good shoes to get .. Thanks

03-12-2012, 05:17 PM
i have duck feet - size 6 wide - and i find i absolutely cannot wear adidas or nike because they seem to be cut very narrow.

converse works great for me.

you want to get an aerobic shoe or at least a cross-trainer - something that's built for lateral manoueverability and with a bit of a heel to take the impact. regular walking or running shoes won't work because they are built wide to help minimum ankle rollovers while in motion.

03-13-2012, 04:49 PM
I use regular running shoes for every exercise, and I do Zumba every week. Sometimes it does make my feet hurt too though, maybe I should invest in a different pair. Zumba specific... any more thoughts on this from anyone? That was a Good question.

03-13-2012, 06:36 PM
definitely do zumba either in your socks or in proper aerobic dance shoes (that's what zumba is, when it comes down to it).

regular running shoes are built wide to prevent your ankles from rolling if you hit an irregularity on the sidewalk. that's hard on your legs if you're having to fight your shoes every time you have to do a grapevine or a double-hop-step-to-the-side routine.

they're also not very flexible at the toe box - you need that flexibility for so many of the zumba moves when you're going up on your toes or doing those quick light hops.

the other thing is that if you're exercising daily and your shoes are more than six months old, they're probably played out for heavy use - retire them to casual walking-around shoes and get another pair for exercise.

seriously - shoes are a foundation, like your mattress. the wrong pair of shoes can seriously mess up your entire musculo-skeletal system just like the wrong mattress can mess up your life by tanking your sleep.