WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ALTERNATING SHOES February 10, 2016 16:48

The Benefits of Two Pairs of Shoes

What's better than having a great pair of Running Shoes? Having two great pairs of Running Shoes! Here's why...

Imagine that you could buy two cars for around $200. One would probably be a plush, comfortable SUV for longer, slower distance trips where comfort and reliability are important. Your other car would probably be a sporty, fast, and responsive car for zipping around town, short trips, and maybe even taking to the race track.

Now apply the same concept for your footwear. Most of us know and understand the importance of having a soft cushioned trainer. These are great for our longer distance runs and walks. The cushioning and support make it more comfortable and offer plenty of protection for your feet.

But we encourage you to think about the second pair of shoes.  These are footwear's equivalent to the Sports Car. A lightweight shoe is perfect for your shorter, faster runs. 

 

Breakdown of Thicker vs. Thinner Shoes

Cushioned Trainer

(Thicker)

  • Lots of cushioning and protection from the ground

  • Comfortable for longer runs/walks

  • Emphasize on comfort over performance

Lightweight Trainer or Flat

(Thinner)

  • Lower geometry, meaning your foot is closer to the ground

  • Lighter weight typically = more speed

  • Better for use in the gym and great for working on your running form

 

Find Your Break Even with Alternating Shoes

We recommend alternating the two pairs of trainers based on your workout.

The Long Run

If you're going for a longer, slower run where cushioning and comfort are paramount, you'll want to use your thicker shoes.

The Short Run

If you are doing a shorter, faster run like speed work, tempo, or even a race then you would likely benefit from the lightweight shoe.

Break Even

For most of us, we need a "break even" point to know when to switch from one shoe to another. We believe that for most people, this point is around 40 minutes. Simply put, if you're running longer than 40 minutes, you'll probably want to use the thicker shoe. If you're running less than 40 minutes (working on form, tempo, speed work, or gym work) then you'll benefit greatly from switching to your lightweight pair. 

 

The Fine Print of Shoe Buying

  • We're all different, and no single shoe fits everybody. It's important to get your stride and mechanics evaluated to make sure you're getting the right shoes for you and your needs.

  • Talk to us about you injuries because those play a factor in footwear selection.

  • Expect to run :05 seconds per mile faster in your lightweight shoes.

  • Usually the thicker shoes last a bit longer and are a bit more expensive.

  • We recommend wearing compression socks and also foam rolling your lower leg muscles when you first switch to a lightweight shoe.

 Blog by Cody Angell