A reader asks: What comparable cross-training shoes would you recommend?

HI! I am a supinator with high arches. What comparable cross-training shoes would you recommend? You see, I don’t run. I am a elementary Wellness teacher and teach lots of quick lateral movements and med to high impact moves, including some PLYO type movements. Also lots of lunges and squats. I have been using pretty generic shoes up until now and noticed my knees and lower back aching after teaching. I noticed your lists are for more runners, so I really need some shoes that will give support and suit my style of exercising. Thanks so much! Ryan.

Answer

Hi Ryan. You can try the top neutral trainers like New Balance MX608V4, New Balance MX623v3, Nike Free Trainer V7, Nike Air Trainer 180, ASICS GEL-Craze TR 4, and Puma Tazon 6. Since the arch of those who supinate already absorb impact well, you’ll only need a neutral arch support from an excellent shoe. A cross-training shoe also gives better support for quick lateral movements than a running shoe which focuses its support mainly on the forward propulsion of the runner.