Choose the Best Shoes for Your Workout

Get Your Summer Body On: Choosing the Right Shoes for Your Workout

Best Shoes For Your Workout

The months just before and during summer are the best to be active. Longer days mean more hours of sunlight after you’ve put in your 9-to-5 at work. Barbeques, the beach and summer sun – who doesn’t want to be outside and look good while doing it? Gearing up can be expensive, but not when you can get brand name discount shoes. If you’re not yet at your summertime prime, here’s a list of the best footwear that’ll help get you from flab to fab in no time. If you’re a beginner, big name and big dollar shoes are best left to the experts. Stick with the basics. Comfort, quality and practicality are what you need.

If running is your sport of choice, there are three main categories of shoes to explore.

Motion Control Running Shoes
Look into these if you have a low arch or flat feet. Motion control running shoes are designed to counteract the natural inward rotation (overpronation) that commonly afflicts runners with low arches. These shoes tend to be more rigid and bulky – their structure helps prevent the excessive rotation that often times leads to injuries.

With its firm midsole and rigid structure, the New Balance WR1012 is a great option when it comes to motion control running shoes.

New Balance WR1012

Stability Running Shoes
These shoes are the Goldilocks of running shoes – not too firm and not too cushioned – they’re just right. Designed for runners with a normal instep, that is, not too arched and not too flat, stability running shoes enlist only moderate control features.

Nike Linarlite+ 2 A great shoe for the normal-footed runner, the Nike Lunarlite+ 2 is lighter than its motion control counterpart, but maintains a high level of support and cushioning.

Cushioned Running Shoes
This one might be pretty self explanatory. Look to cushioned running shoes for relief if you have high arches. The increased cushioning in these shoes allows for greater support and shock absorption that aren’t naturally provided by high-arch insteps.

K Swiss Tubes Run 100 are perfect for the job. Enhanced flexibility is achieved by the anatomically correct flex-grooves. The cushioned midsole is complimented and enhanced by the feature that gives this shoe its name – the tubes. K Swiss Tubes Run 100

If you enjoy taking your exercise with a dose of fresh air and a side of nature, then hiking is probably where your next adventure lies. For the light to moderate hiker who enjoys day hikes, or weekend backpacking trips where you may be carrying light loads, a hiking boot with a mid or high cut is ideal. These kinds of boots can be moderately flexible, and are perfect for ankles that are prone to rolling.

Hi Tec Total Terrain Mid WP

Take a look at the Hi Tec Total Terrain Mid WP for durable waterproof construction and comfort.

If you’re gnarly enough to tackle CrossFit, you deserve a shoe that can keep up. You want to look for a shoe that’s lightweight (think lots of mesh), durable (let’s face it, these shoes are going to be put through the ultimate test of quality) and has a neutral (or close to) drop from the heel to the toe. This neutral drop increases ankle and knee stability and decreases your chances of getting hurt.

Start with a shoe that was named one of the best CrossFit shoes of 2012, the New Balance WX20. New Balance WX20

So go on, get out there and tackle your Summer get-fit routine. No matter what your workout obsession, you’ve got a good idea of where to start when choosing the footwear that will keep you comfortable and coming back for more.

Let us know how you get fit for summer in the comments below, on our Facebook page or via Twitter. You can also check out tips, tricks and videos on our Pinterest page!

Runners Rejoice! Re-Introducing The New Balance 990 Series

Employing ABZORB and ENCAP technology, the New Balance 990 has proven itself as the most popular New Balance series nationwide. While it doesn’t score major points in the fashion category, the New Balance 990 has won over the hearts and feet of runners everywhere. Boasting comfort, durability and a new attitude, the 2012 New Balance 990 is said to be an excellent choice for the larger runner, or runners who have a heavy heel strike. Runners rejoice over the minimal-to-non-existent break-in time, and the fact that the design and ammenities of the shoe change very little with each new version released.

What’s that you say? Still not convinced? Here’s another tick mark for the plus category. New Balance athletic shoes are American made! Take a peek into one of the New Balance factories located in Norridgewock, Maine.


An ideal choice for both the marathon-a-month runner and the casually active body alike, the 2012 New Balance 990 may very well be the ugly duckling of running shoes. Not the best looking of the bunch, but definitely has the most heart. Give it a chance and you’ll see how beautiful it is on the inside. Advanced runners, beginners and the like won’t find a better option. Outfitted to make your run (and the hours after) more comfortable than any other running shoe you’ve worn before, the 2012 New Balance 990 series is your key to comfort, quality and dependability.

New Balance 990 Series

2012 New Balance 990

2012 New Balance 990

New Balance 990 Series

2012 New Balance 990

New Balance 990 Series

Let’s hear it! We’d love to know what you think about the New Balance 990 series, or about shoes in general. Post comments and // or questions below, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

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“Black and Tan” Shoe Leaves Nike Black and Blue?

We’re all painfully aware of the politically correct day and age in which we live (or are we…?). We don’t have mailmen, we have letter carriers. We must use the polite pronunciations of Uranus and harass (it’s Ur-uh-nuss and hare-as, duh) unless we want to raise eyebrows. Unfortunately, Nike might not be so in tune with these social stigmas.

While Nike obviously had their bottom line in mind, their attempt to capitalize on the follies and casual drinking of St. Patrick’s Day may have their revenue reeling. The release of a shoe donned the “Black and Tan” has the Irish community up in arms, as the history of that term is less than flattering.

Nike Black and Tan

Nike Black and Tan

As far as the alchemy of alcohol in the U.S. is concerned, a Black and Tan is simply a dark beer (such as Guinness) poured over pale ale (such as Bass), thus creating a layered effect in your pint glass – black on top, tan on the bottom. Contrary to popular belief, this is not a beverage commonly consumed in Ireland.

In Ireland, Black and Tans won’t have you feeling warm and fuzzy after you have a few. The Black and Tans were a paramilitary group that became infamous for atrocities committed against Irish civilians during the Irish War of Independence. The term “Black and Tan” is still an irreverent term in Ireland, and is not likely to lose its negative connotation any time soon.

Are we pushing the limits of political correctness to the point that we’re making mountains out of mole hills, or is there a real problem here?

What do you think? Should Nike apologize? Possibly rename the shoe?

What We’re Wearing: K-Swiss Tubes Running Shoes

We thought it’d be a fun idea to give you all a peek into what Shoe Metro employees are wearing themselves. You find out what shoes we’re wearing and why we chose those particular shoes. You can take these are our own personal recommendations in footwear.

First up, we have Marcus, one of the top employees in our Listing Dept., who just got a pair of K-Swiss Tubes running shoes. Marcus says: “I like the Tubes technology. They make the shoes real flexible and they’re lightweight too. They feel real good.”

K-Swiss Tubes Running Shoes in White/Silver

K-Swiss Tubes Running Shoes in White/Silver

If you’d like to follow the lead of Marcus, Kenny Powers, Matt Cassel, and Jon “Bones” Jones, we carry plenty of K-Swiss Tubes running shoes available at We have men’s K-Swiss Tubes shoes in many colors including Blue, Silver, and Black. We also carry women’s K-Swiss Tubes shoes in Pink, White, and Black. Check out all of our K-Swiss Tubes shoes here.

Weird Shoe Wednesday: Nike Shoes as Hip-Hop Instruments

Nike, in their infinite wisdom, have deemed it necessary to turn some of their Nike Free running shoes into instruments of hip-hop music. They enlisted a crew of hip-hop DJ’s and sound technicians in Japan and came up with what you see below. Maybe someday, we’ll be able to make our own music as we run and thus ween ourselves off our iPod addictions:

Weird Shoe Wednesdays: Shoe Car Extravaganza!

Welcome back to Weird Shoe Wednesdays! To make up for my absence last week, I’ve brought out some extra special, extra weird, extra eye-popping shoes for you this week. We all know the primary purpose of shoes is to help protect our feet and let us travel farther than if we were barefoot. Well, many different people have taken this transportation function of shoes to the next level. And so we have a plethora of shoe cars!

Of course, we have the classic high-heeled pump in a sort of motorized reverse tricycle design. In sexy red, no less. Red high heels? And cars? Men basically have no chance of resisting. Continue Reading…

Winner on Facebook!

We’ve hit 400 fans on our Shoe Metro Facebook page and, as promised, we’re giving away a pair of shoes!

We want to send our congratulations out to April, a loyal Shoe Metro customer and avid Facebook fan, who just won a free pair of Asics Gel-Strike running shoes from us! Hopefully, they’ll help her conquer her next marathon run. Good job!

Congrats to April!

Congrats to April!

Don’t forget to become a fan on Facebook. We definitely have more prizes in store for you if you do. =)

Weird Shoe Wednesdays: Barefoot Running Shoes from Vibram

I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without mentioning how much the Winter Olympics have taken over my household. My family just cannot get enough double axels and triple toe flips and all that great figure skating stuff.

Photo: Vibram

Photo: Vibram

At any rate, a quick search for “Olympics shoes” turned up these toe-loving running shoes from Vibram. Vibram actually develops a whole line of these shoes, called the FiveFingers shoes, that are made for sports such as ChiRunning, Pose Method Running, and Bouldering (yeah, I don’t know either). The FiveFingers Classic model features an extremely thin, lightweight, stretch polyamide fabric upper and a TC-1 rubber outsole. They’re supposed to take you back to the innocence of running around barefoot as a child, helping you feel more connected to spirit of the earth. Or something like that.

I don’t quite get it but I can see how it might make some sense. I hear that some Olympic runners from South Africa train barefoot and they’re consistent winners in running. At the very least, they’re better than Nike’s take on barefoot shoes.

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