January 28, 2011
The “perfect shoe” may not exist, so Dr. Lon Kilgore offers up a system designed to help you select the best footwear for any sport.
There has been a tremendous amount of online chatter about what shoe to wear while CrossFitting. Hundreds and hundreds of expert and not-so-expert opinions are floating around the Internet. This person recommends one model and brand of shoe because he or she likes it. This person recommends this shoe for running, this shoe for lifting, and this shoe something else. This person says not to wear shoes at all.
Who is right?
As opinion-rich as this area is, we have very little objective data about what the perfect exercise shoe is like. This is the Holy Grail of exercise footwear: the elusive multi-purpose exercise shoe. What is presented here is a simple means of selecting the correct shoe for your training, a more formalized and quantifiable version of my advice to trainees for the past two decades. Its intent is twofold:
1. Make the consumer non-reliant on the advice of random experts.
2. Give exercise professionals a framework to help them develop a means of identifying shoes to recommend to their trainees and provide these trainees with a compelling rationale as to why they need them.