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A Good All Around Shoe!

Hello all. I’ve looked through the forums for posts regarding a good all around shoe but all I seem to find are posts regarding a running shoe, or lifting shoe and the like.

I’m looking for a shoe that can (at the risk of sounding silly) do it all. I’m talking about a shoe that I can run sprints in, some distance not more than 4 miles, Olympic lift training, overall strength training in the gym using cleans, snatches, deadlifts, thrusters and the like and so on and so forth. I’ve been looking at the Nike Zoom RS and the Nike Free but i’m sure there are others. I would very much appreciate any advice on the matter. Thank you in advance.

There’s not a shoe that’s OPTIMAL for all those different things. But the ones you mention are a good all-purpose. They’ll get the job done.

chuck taylors. black, hightop

I have some Nike Free 7.0’s.

I love them. Very light shoe, closer to lifting barefoot, yet more sanitary haha. The low heel works well, way better than a regular tennis shoe for lifting.

I have run sprints in them, and they actually do a nice job, the bottoms are pretty solid for grip and it is an extremely light shoe.

I run 3 mile stuff in them as well. I feel like my calves take more of a beating because they have a little more of a stretch each time, but my ankle health is worlds better and the lighter shoe is nice.

Overall my feet, ankles, and knees are worlds healthier since I started using my frees, and I feel comfortable doing whatever in them.

[quote]baseballer2150 wrote:
I have some Nike Free 7.0’s.

I love them. Very light shoe, closer to lifting barefoot, yet more sanitary haha. The low heel works well, way better than a regular tennis shoe for lifting.

I have run sprints in them, and they actually do a nice job, the bottoms are pretty solid for grip and it is an extremely light shoe.

I run 3 mile stuff in them as well. I feel like my calves take more of a beating because they have a little more of a stretch each time, but my ankle health is worlds better and the lighter shoe is nice.

Overall my feet, ankles, and knees are worlds healthier since I started using my frees, and I feel comfortable doing whatever in them. [/quote]

This may be a silly question, but did your Nike Frees fit true to size? The reason I ask is because I’m having a hell of a time trying to find them in any stores, and may have to order them online, but I don’t feel all that comfortable ordering shoes without knowing if they run true to size, etc.

Also, do you wear the 7.0 training shoes (with the support strap across the top) or the regular 7.0 that they market more as a running shoe?

I wear the one with a strap because I had a bad ankle sprain from basketball. They fit true to nike size, I find most brands tend to fit all the same within their brand. So if you have another nike athletic shoe you can test your feet in them.

The more I wear them the more I love them, and I’ve run sprints outside and about 5 miles on the treadmill. I haven’t done cleans but I have done deadlifts and squats.

I do have one complaint. The bottom has these little squares, come to find out they are glued on and not part of the shoe. Make a long story short one square came out. I glued it back in and haven’t had a problem but it was an annoyance.

ya i agree chuck taylor pink converse high top, but with lavender laces… i rock those

Chuck taylors, high top, one orange and one brown. Had two pairs and couldn’t figure which ones to use so I mixed them. Now I’ve got one pair at my uni gym and one for o lifting in. best shoes besides a legit lifting shoe.

As far as an all around shoe there is none. Chucks are great for lifting and sprints under 500m but tragic for any running after that. And even more than a bit of running is probably bad if you don’t have the right kicks. running is very impacting on your knees and hips and you need specific shoes if you choose to engage in that type of tomfoolery.

When I have the displeasure of going for a jog I rock the fitted running kicks. you can go to a running specific store and catch a pair but they are hella expense.

Stick to weight oriented energy systems or skipping and you can save on that second pair of shoes and not fuck up your knees.

-chris

[quote]baseballer2150 wrote:
I have some Nike Free 7.0’s.

I love them. Very light shoe, closer to lifting barefoot, yet more sanitary haha. The low heel works well, way better than a regular tennis shoe for lifting.

I have run sprints in them, and they actually do a nice job, the bottoms are pretty solid for grip and it is an extremely light shoe.

I run 3 mile stuff in them as well. I feel like my calves take more of a beating because they have a little more of a stretch each time, but my ankle health is worlds better and the lighter shoe is nice.

Overall my feet, ankles, and knees are worlds healthier since I started using my frees, and I feel comfortable doing whatever in them. [/quote]

Thanks very much for the great info. I appreciate it.

[quote]Airtruth wrote:
I wear the one with a strap because I had a bad ankle sprain from basketball. They fit true to nike size, I find most brands tend to fit all the same within their brand. So if you have another nike athletic shoe you can test your feet in them.

The more I wear them the more I love them, and I’ve run sprints outside and about 5 miles on the treadmill. I haven’t done cleans but I have done deadlifts and squats.

I do have one complaint. The bottom has these little squares, come to find out they are glued on and not part of the shoe. Make a long story short one square came out. I glued it back in and haven’t had a problem but it was an annoyance.[/quote]

Thanks for the info.

the free’s are good, don’t get me wrong, I got a pair of the 7.0’s, but imo they aren’t an all around shoe imo. I wouldn’t deadlift in them or squat or anything besides bench in them. They are good for everyday and running and such, but support for lifting? No. I got no support at all and I wouldn’t even dream of just squatting in the free’s, much less cleaning or snatching.

I’ll say it again: put the Frees out of your mind. Vibram Five Fingers. Other shoes get their shit ruined by the Five Fingers. Once you try them, you’ll never want to take them off, let alone switch to another shoe.

whoa those vibram five fingers look sick!

Garra Non-stop gold

I use it for lifiting and GPP comes in very handy on sled pulls and GPP work

Vans high-tops. Like chucks but a lot sturdier.

Chucks would be fine for the lifting stuff you mentioned, but my feet hurt just thinking about sprinting or long distance running in chucks.

IMO, they’d be awful for those two things.

If it were me, I’d pick up a pair of high top chucks, and then a pair of plain New Balance cross trainers for ~$60.

www.zappos.com is a nifty online shoe store.

You’re not going to find a good all round shoe. The above are all good suggestions…but you will find yourself settling for an average shoe in some things at the expense of having a poor shoe in the rest.

I would go towards the running side of things more than the power lifting side. The biggest thing about nike frees, if you use them for distance they’re going to fall apart.

A couple good all around shoes, that I use for in the gym and conditioning/tempo track work are track flats. I’ve been working on my full olympic lifts recently, but I think that once I start to get a bit heavier, I’m going to have to get something with a heel.

Here are the ones I use:
http://www.eastbay.com/catalog/productdetail/module--productDetail/action--view/sku--6070193/model_nbr--82977/supercat--home/id--0/mvp--/cm--Cross+Sell/
pretty durable. Kinda hard bottomed compared to the other pair.
http://www.eastbay.com/catalog/productdetail/cm--54406P/supercat--home/model_nbr--82486/sku--41215981/node--0/
These aren’t going to be super durable because the traction will wear off on the bottom kinda quick if you’re on pavement.

They’re both cheaper than nike frees, I’m betting the Asics will definitely last longer than the brooks pair I put up and any of the nike frees. The main thing is that, neither has a heel, which is helpful for olympic lifts.

I was hoping to wear one pair around day-to-day as just regular shoes, but I’m afraid the traction on either would be worn out too quickly when I already have other old useless shoes to wear around anyways.

Trust me, try the Five Fingers. Nothing beats bare feet, and the Five Fingers are as close as you can get while wearing shoes.

[quote]rmccart1 wrote:
Trust me, try the Five Fingers. Nothing beats bare feet, and the Five Fingers are as close as you can get while wearing shoes.[/quote]

What training do you do in them and how quickly do they wear out?