When I started going to the gym, I was sill in college and the shoes I purchased to use on the elliptical were some basic tennis shoes. I had some Saucony tennis shoes that I bought on Amazon just to do some basic cardio and to wear to my retail job for my eight hour shifts. After really committing myself to the gym I invested in some running shoes and eventually some more athletic shoes that I would use for lifting.
For my New Year’s Resolution of 2013, I decided I wanted to make running my resolution. I ran once with my Saucony tennis shoes and decided I wasn’t about it. I invested in $40 ASICS running shoes, which had a lot of gel in the heal, and it changed my life. I’m terrible at running, still, and I honestly don’t really enjoy the activity. That being said, now that I have been running for a good amount of time getting back on the elliptical is hard to do; I’d rather just run and get it over with. A few months ago, my starter shoes ripped and I ran out the same day and picked up another pair of ASICS shoes, partially because I was committed to the brand and because of a good deal at Sports Authority. I love Sports Authority by the way. The store has great deals and clearance items for athletes and gym goers. I like looking halfway cute while I’m at the gym (though that shouldn’t be the priority), but I never spend more than $15 on any single item of athletic clothes. Even my athletic leggings purchased from Forever 21 were around $11 and they’re great. Seriously, invest in quality items which enhance your fitness activities, but save on fabric that will just get sweaty.
Last year, while browsing my local DSW I found a pair of ASICS Gel-Craze Cross-training shoes for around $40 that I’ve been rocking the for the past year and half. They were definitely a step-up from what I had been wearing and I could also wear them to work on my lazy days or running errands on the weekend. I waterproof all my shoes with a spray you can pick-up at any shoe store, but I still keep from wearing them during inclement weather.
Before Christmas I added some shoes to my Amazon wish list hoping to get them for a gift so that I could wear them to Iceland. I’m glad I didn’t end up getting them there was a lot more snow in Iceland than I was expecting so I wore my boots the whole time. The other reason I’m glad I didn’t end up getting them for Christmas was because they went on sale right after our trip! I was browsing Amazon for some white boards markers and found the shoes I wanted for over $20 off, directly from the ASICS Amazon storefront. I purchased the ASICS Gel Fit Tempo Cross-Training Shoe for around $40 dollars and I’m glad I went for the deal. These shoes weigh only a couple of ounces and have far less gel than my previous lifting shoes making squats a hell of a lot easier. The lighter shoes is also easier to walk in than the others because of the weight and because this style is a little slimmer.
There’s a bit of a trend here, that ASICS athletic shoes are the only tennis shoes I own. I had heard that ASICS was the preferred brand among runners which is why I started out with them, but it’s been by chance that I have ended up with two cross-trainer shoes from them. I am in no way affiliated with ASICS or sponsored by them, but I’ve enjoyed my purchases from them and would highly suggest checking them out. Investing in some goods shoes is worth it. It made running so much easier, once I put my mind to doing it. If you’re just starting out with your fitness goals, you can find some good deals on quality shoes that will make reaching your goals that much more attainable.