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Is your primary sport running? Do you have a favorite sport you participate in three or more times per week? These are some questions you might want to ask yourself before purchasing your next pair of shoes. The term “cross trainer” has a couple of recognized meanings, so it is best to know exactly what’s being articulated.
For example, if you participate in volleyball and also run for exercise, you may wear the same shoes you run in on the court for volleyball and refer to them as cross trainers. This means you are using the same pair of shoes and crossing sport genres. The second meaning refers to shoes that are designed with multiple features that allow for participation in multiple sports. These shoes could have a wide beam for stability in lateral movement and may also have a flexible sole and traction that makes them good for trail hiking. To sort out the best type of shoe for your chosen activities, go to a sporting goods store and ask a knowledgeable clerk about different shoe designs and whether they will fit your needs. Remember, if you regularly participate in a sport three or more times per week, invest in a shoe that is applicable to that sport. The features built into that specific shoe may well save you injuries or foot complications down the road.
If you are a serious runner, you probably will not be happy with the style and function of a cross trainer.Running shoes are designed with more forward movement in mind. They generally are narrower and very supportive in the heel region to protect from the rigors of heel strike and have a somewhat rolled toe for a faster easier break. A cross trainer has more lateral stability so the foot is fully supported for a wider range of activities and the sole is less flexible than a running shoe.
Cross training shoes are built with versatility in mind. So consider the activities and the function you need them to perform and then seek the best possible advice. One shoe does not necessarily fit all sport applications. You may be able to run in a cross trainer, but not if you are logging lots of miles. You may be able to successfully engage in other activities while wearing your running shoes, but may be risking injury because you are lacking the structural support.
If you are having difficulty making a decision, you may want to consult Dr. Vargas for his opinion. To maintain foot health and safety, he can advise you appropriate features to look for when selecting a quality shoe.Contact him at (281) 313-0090 or (281) 342-8700.