What type of shoes should I wear when exercising?

You should wear a comfortable shoe with a closed toe when working out. The shoe should be specific to athletics, with a solid heel and good support throughout the foot and toes. Wearing open-toed shoes could result in injury from dropping weights or stepping incorrectly in a workout area.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Washington State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

The type of shoes you wear will depend on the activity you plan to participate in. A cross-training shoe is appropriate for both weight training and low impact activities. If you participate in a specific sport, choose a shoe that will be protect you from the surface you will be working out on but flexible enough, so that it allows for normal foot mechanics to occur. For example, if you plan on running, a running shoe is appropriate for that activity and will provide you with the necessary support.

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