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Shoes for HIIT

I am going to start doing HITT (sprint-jog-sprint-jog) again.

Any suggestions as to a good pair of shoes for pavement, grass, gravel etc etc.

[quote]DF85 wrote:
I am going to start doing HITT (sprint-jog-sprint-jog) again.

Any suggestions as to a good pair of shoes for pavement, grass, gravel etc etc.[/quote]

Uhh… depends on your foot type. you can either get some properly fitted shoes at a running store or get custom orthotics.

Then you can put the orthotics in nike free’s or chuck’s. Or you could just wear nike free’s or chucks.

-chris

Saucony Omni 6

Check em out.

If you are looking for good cushioned shoes try the nike air pegasus.

Check out the Mizuno wave rider 10. Fantastic shoe, light and nice cushioning.

Man the hell up and run barefoot.

Pussy.

Second that on the Nike Air Pegasus.

Try a store that specializes in running shoes, they’ll be able to find the best shoe for your foot. Running in the wrong shoes can lead to a lot of problems besides just in your feet

New Balance 992

In my humble opinion, the most important thing about a running shoe is the way it fits you – that takes precedence over brand name or any fancy features.

That said, some brands typically fit certain foot types better than others. I’ve had much better luck with Asics and Adidas, for instance, than Nike – I’ve never been able to wear ANY of their regular running shoes (though their track spikes fit me well enough). I second the idea of going to a specialty running store – more expensive than the 'net, but cheaper than ill-fitting shoes.

If you want to run on “gravel, grass, etc.” you might do well with a trail-running shoe (will protect from rocks, keep your feet drier if it’s wet out), but that’s nothing you couldn’t do with a regular old running shoe.

If you’re an efficient runner you could try a pair of cross-country shoes – light, good for grass, but not much cushion. Don’t know how well they’d hold up, though.

On grass, I do like running barefoot. I think it’s something people should build up to, though, especially if you’re used to cushy and/or restrictive shoes. I wouldn’t sprint full-out on grass unless I was familiar with the surface.

[quote]realpeanutbutter wrote:
…you can either get some properly fitted shoes at a running store or get custom orthotics.

Then you can put the orthotics in nike free’s or chuck’s. Or you could just wear nike free’s or chucks.

-chris[/quote]

Sorry, this didn’t register the first time I read the thread. When you say “chucks” I assume you mean the old, canvas Chuck Taylor All-Stars – the flat shoe with nothing to it? I have an old pair that I like to wear when I lift, but I’d never wear them for running – let alone for a sprint workout. Seems a good way to pull something along the bottom of your foot.

Maybe you know something I don’t, but I would feel a good deal safer running barefoot than in my Chucks.

As for orthotics, wouldn’t they defeat the purpose of Nike Frees? That’s just my impression, though, as I’ve never worn orthotics or Frees.

How are Nike airmax 360’s for running diffrent surfaces?

Not very good. I have a friend who has a pair, and said they hurt his feet when he runs outside. If he is inside on a track, they are fine. But I wouldn’t shell $180 to see if they are any good or not, personally.

EDIT: This post is in response to the question regarding the Air Max 360.

[quote]canes1 wrote:
Check out the Mizuno wave rider 10. Fantastic shoe, light and nice cushioning.[/quote]

The mizuno wave range is a gift from the almighty.
I’d suggest going to a quality outlet, letting someone have a look at your gait, then buying the relevant pair of mizuno’s.

Definitly stick with the real running shoes, i.e. asics, mizuno, new balance, brooks and a some others.

Nike running shoes are horrible, they always run little narrower than others, and they are just poor quality for running. They have a few exceptions that work for biomechanically efficent runners though.

I would also suggest going to a running store, and asking a person to help you. Then try on as many shoes as possible and see which one you like.