Out With The Old, In With The New Cross Trainers

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Yes, I'm retiring my old sneakers (about time!). I picked out a pair of ASICS on Zappos.com and I'm loving them.

Yes, I’m retiring my old sneakers (about time!). I picked out a pair of ASICS on Zappos.com and I’m loving them.

My new sneakers finally arrived from that magical place called Zappos! It’s the first time I purchased sneakers online. I have to say all my research paid off. The shoes fit perfectly.

Matching The Shoe With The Workout
All my life I’ve had one pair of sneakers at a time. Which might explain my ankle and heel problems. Thanks to Nike, even sneakers are now built for specific workouts. Considering I lift weights, jog, walk, cycle and backpack, we’re talking a lot of shoes.

That’s just frustrating and murder on the bank account. Sigh…

But yes, I now own running shoes, hiking boots and cycling shoes (they clip to the pedals). I’ve postponed buying the walking shoes since I stopped my daily walks to do my Achilles injury. But that day of reckoning is close at hand. Also I’m toying with trying a Zumba class once I’m injury free, but even that requires special shoes. Ugh!

I do draw the line at buying different sneakers for the other activities I do — weight lifting/gym workouts, body sculpt class or shooting hoops. So to that end I needed a good cross trainer.

The issue with cross trainers is that they’re designed for you to do all activities, but not necessarily to do any of them very well. But that’s OK. For these activities, it’s not about mileage. It’s all about variety.

So, What Did I Get?
I settled on the ASICS GEL-Contend 2. It’s light-weight, the heel is pretty firm and provides the support I need. And they actually feel better than my tried and true Nikes. Strangely, it was the only ASICS cross trainer on Zappos. Hopefully they’ll get more ASICS options soon. But I’m happy with them.

Next up, the Saucony Progrid Integrity ST 2 walking shoe.

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