We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have been using Nike crossfit sneakers (Metcons) for my workouts. I have 2 pairs, so one is always dry. No heel, minimal cushioning, so perfect for all mixed workouts. Why would they want to engage me in political bullshit?
Commenter at Ace: "NIKE is going where the bucks are - single parent black teenage males. Who else buys $300 sneakers?"
Apparently I am not their customer. $300? I would never spend $100 on exercise shoes. Just go online and get last year's model for $25-50. Problem is, now I know they do not welcome my patronage. Idiots not to want me to buy their darn sneakers because I wear mine out with an approximation of the Maggie's program. They last one year.
Exercise tip: Running shoes are the worst unless you are a foolish road-runner. They are not gym shoes, but fine walking sneakers for the elderly. They have too much of everything so there is no floor-feel. Fact is, barefoot would probably be best for everybody but gyms do not allow that.
Reebok Nanos and Reebok Crossfit are good fitness cross-training sneakers. New Balance makes a Minimus trainer. Try it. For calisthenics, weights, cardio machines, etc you want minimal shoe. Big cushioning is supposedly for running on cement, which we do not advise. If you need thick pillows on your feet, you are doing something wrong.
Political nonsense aside, what do our readers like for cross-training footwear?
Just got back from New Balance store with new pair of walking shoes, salesgirl says they've seen a very slight uptick in sales from Nike but everyone has an opinion that comes in. She thinks it will be good for them.
New Balance trainers are what I currently wear and they are excellent for all types of workouts. Just had a fellow gym member complain about foot pain as a matter of fact (they are new and were wearing running shoes to HITT classes). I encouraged trainers to stop the pain.
As a former marathoner, I wouldn’t care what a company’s politics were so long as the shoe fit and helped prevent injury. Yup, just wearing round a gym those flat ones are great (new balance are my gym shoes) and last awhile. But even for hiking r walking, most of the modern shoes are cheap Chinese rubbish. Marked up and the materials break down fast. Merrill’s for example have gone downhill (the lasts have changed) and have to be replaced every six months if you walk even 3-4 miles a day in them. And nothing lasts long if you put mileage on them. So we buy last year’s models at Sierra Trading Post and on sale at Amazon (but be careful w the latter to not go to sketchy sub vendors or u may get forgeries)
For walking and standing all day I still swear by hideous but great Mephisto or Birkenstock. Dansko clogs are now made in China and no longer as good as they used to be.
Nike has had a reputation for a long time for making shoddy running shoes. They tend to fall apart after a short period, with the soles separating from the upper part of the shoe. That's what happened to the one pair I owned, after maybe four months. (Never again.) This even fostered a whole industry of products trying to put them together again (e.g., "Shoe Goo").
I generally wear Asics (previously Onitsuka Tiger) which are popular here.
I’ve worn Mizuno’s for years - for my reluctant trail running and tennis. Different shoes for each, but they have wide toe box and good cushioning and predictable sizing every shoe. My husband wears them out with his long distance running and racing shoes. Well built predictable sizing for his (big) beat up feet.
I have used New Balance for the last 20 years. They have shoes wide enough for me: EE. They used to promote the idea that these shoes have a roll bar to keep the elderly from tipping over. I think they have gone more main stream now and don't promote that ankle support feature.