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A poll for runners who lift and lifters who run

Poll Results: What kind of shoes do you wear when you run and when you lift weights?

 
  • 65% (21)
    I wear running shoes both when I run and when I lift weights
  • 0% (0)
    I wear weight-lifting shoes when I run and when I lift weights
  • 34% (11)
    I wear running shoes when I run and weight-lifting shoes when I lift weights
32 Total Votes  
post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Like many of you, I jog and lift weights regularly, often doing both on the same day. I think I'm going to start swapping out shoes between activities, though, mostly to help preserve the cushioning of my running shoes a little longer. I've become curious to know how others are dealing with the running/lifting shoe question.

For the purposes of the poll, “weight lifting shoes” can mean anything other than running shoes and can include cross-trainers, wrestling shoes, tennis shoes, Chuck Taylors, flip-flops, etc. Please specify in a post below.

P.S. If you lift weights WHILE you run, start your own damn thread. tounge.gif And be sure to post pics in it!
post #2 of 24
I often workout prior to or after a run, so I keep the same shoes on - NB Minimus Zero. If I workout without running, I still wear my running shoes.
post #3 of 24
I run in running shoes, lift barefoot when possible.
post #4 of 24
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by JayJay View Post

I often workout prior to or after a run, so I keep the same shoes on - NB Minimus Zero. If I workout without running, I still wear my running shoes.

Did it take some time adapt to running in minimalist shoes? I've heard that the transition can be tricky and injury-inducing.

Quote:
Originally Posted by TKJTG View Post

I run in running shoes, lift barefoot when possible.

I have an irrational fear that keeps me from lifting barefoot. Consciously, I know that an athletic shoe is not going to protect me from a dropped barbell or plate, but I just feel too vulnerable without shoes on.
post #5 of 24
If I do both in a single workout I change shoes

I have a pair of lightweight running shoes for sprints / intervals, and a pair of proper lifting shoes

Having switched to lifting shoes a couple of years back I have never looked back. When I try to lift in anything else I find it horrible
post #6 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Threadbearer View Post

Did it take some time adapt to running in minimalist shoes? I've heard that the transition can be tricky and injury-inducing.
Surprisingly, I didn't have any problems, but I did transition to them gradually. I've been running in them for at least a couple of months, maybe three, without any problems whatsoever. I'm at the point now where I can't imagine going back to my regular running shoes.
post #7 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by TKJTG View Post

I run in running shoes, lift barefoot when possible.
+1
post #8 of 24
If you lift any weight then running shoes will blow out sooner or latter. Ignoring the ruined shoes you risk knee injury.
post #9 of 24
Thread Starter 
After reading this thread and some other things online and in books, I've decided to become a two-shoe guy. I'm going to run in lightweight, unstructured (but still cushioned) running shoes for a while as I work on shortening my stride, and then I'll switch to minimalist shoes after that. In the meantime I'm going to start lifting in lifting shoes. I figure I won't really be doubling my shoe expenses because each pair should last that much longer now that each pair is getting much less use.

Thanks for the info, gents.
post #10 of 24
that's a good call, primarily because you won't be able to run in real weightlifting shoes.
post #11 of 24
I switched to New Balance Minimus when they came out and have worn ever since. I don't run much outside of intervals/sprints on the treadmill, elliptical etc so my comparison might not help... but I love them. And I lift in them every day. Great for squatting, leg work... and nothing to compress and wear out.
post #12 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cary Grant View Post

I switched to New Balance Minimus when they came out and have worn ever since. I don't run much outside of intervals/sprints on the treadmill, elliptical etc so my comparison might not help... but I love them. And I lift in them every day. Great for squatting, leg work... and nothing to compress and wear out.
Yeah, same with me.
post #13 of 24
Thread Starter 
Saw a guy at my gym this morning lifting in a pair of these. I wonder if he runs in them, too. happy.gif

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He was also wearing jeans, a tucked in polo shirt, and -- wait for it -- lifting gloves.
post #14 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by TKJTG View Post

I run in running shoes, lift barefoot when possible.

I do this, and when someone from the front office at the gym yells at me I pretend to comply. Only when i'm doing upper body day do I keep my shoes on.
post #15 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Threadbearer View Post

Saw a guy at my gym this morning lifting in a pair of these. I wonder if he runs in them, too. happy.gif

He was also wearing jeans, a tucked in polo shirt, and -- wait for it -- lifting gloves.
There was a guy at my gym this morning lifting in street clothes - jeans, hard-soled shoes, and a polo. I've seen another dude workout dressed similarly.
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