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The Importance of Wearing the Right Workout Shoes

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We can’t stress enough how important it is to wear the right men’s athleticwear shoes for your workouts. Whether you’re going hard at the gym or staying ahead of the men’s streetwear trends, here’s everything you need to know about choosing the right athletic shoes.

Benefits of Wearing the Right Workout Shoes


When you’re talking about athleticwear, it’s easy to overlook shoes. But your shoes might actually be the most important part of your workout ensemble. Here’s why:

The right pair of shoes will protect you against common workout injuries. Proper cushioning will lessen the impact of your steps and movements, absorbing shock from any heavy landings. This is especially important if you’re doing high-impact workouts like Crossfit or running.

But it’s not just about the quantity of cushioning; it’s also about the shape. A running shoe has extra cushioning at the balls of the feet that encourages you to focus your weight there, which helps you run with proper form. On the other end of the spectrum, a weight-lifting shoe has even cushioning throughout to help you firmly plant your feet while you’re hammering out those deadlifts.

That’s why wearing the right shoe can improve your athletic performance. And other components like a textured sole can help your agility, letting you change direction quickly (which is important with sports like basketball).

How to Detect Quality in Athletic Shoes 

Choose Your Shoe Based on Your Sport

If you’re the type of person to shake up your workouts and try a lot of different things, here’s a rule of thumb: if you do a specific type of exercise 3 or more times a week, get a specific shoe for it. You don’t want to wear the same shoes for running and, say, weightlifting.


Try Them on Late in the Day

Ideally, in the afternoon or evening. Your feet swell throughout the day. To ensure a good fit, try shoes on when your feet are at their biggest. Otherwise, you risk uncomfortable pinching and cramped toes.

For a similar reason, try them on with the same socks you normally wear to the gym.

Check for Fit

Athletic shoes should be made for your feet, not the other way around. You want half an inch between your big toe and the tip of the shoe. You should be able to easily wiggle your toes a bit – that’s important for proper range of motion and grip when you’re moving around. Make sure your heel fits snugly into the back of the shoe. It shouldn’t slip around while you walk.

Bend the Shoe

A new athletic shoe should be comfortable out of the box, but should still require some breaking in. If a pair you’ve just bought is already pretty bendy, they might not have enough support built in.


Pay Attention to How You Feel Wearing Them

You’re pushing yourself to your limits during your workouts. Your gym shoes should make you feel powerful and bold. It’s a small thing, but it matters. You might be able to get away with wearing a grungy pair of tennis shoes while you lift, but you can’t beat the way you feel in a pair of Yeezy-style shoes.


That’s why Rovux Footwear carries a variety of athleticwear styles in a variety of shapes, and in both low- and high-tops – to help you feel like your most powerful self while you’re killing it at the gym. They’re not your dad’s workout shoes. Whether you go sleek and laidback or fashion-forward, Rovux shoes are stylish enough to wear anywhere.