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Running shoes v/s Training Shoes. Are They Same or Different?

Updated: Jul 2, 2020

One of the major questions that arise in the mind of any Runner, CrossFit athlete and a sportsperson, in the beginning, is that whether the Running shoes and Training shoes

are the same or is there something that makes them apart.


They both look similar but there are a few main difference 

 Flexibility: Running Shoes are for the Heel to Toe movement. Training Shoes are for multi-directional movements, especially the lateral side to side movement. The sole of a Training Shoe is more flexible to allow a wide range of motions as compared to Running Shoes.


Heel drop: You can usually tell a shoe apart, between a Running shoe and a Gym shoe by just observing how much flatter the shoe sole is.

Running shoes have a higher heel to reduce the gravitational impact and the jerk while running because they are meant for speed. On the other hand the Training shoe has a low heel to provide stability during workout,which reduces ankle injuries while lifting weights and doing dynamic exercise.


Movement: Gym shoes support a wide range of free movement (cutting, stopping, breaking, jumping, and changing directions quickly )this makes a gym shoe versatile. Gym shoes are not fit for ground and turf, as they are made for flat surfaces and not for Trails.

Running shoes are for running at a fast pace or slow pace, it protects your feet when pounding the pavement over and over again by absorbing most of the impact produced by your body and the surface. It supports forward movement which increases the speed, it provides more comfort, support, and shock absorption feature. 

Conclusion: Cross-training shoes combine the features of sports-specific shoes and walking shoes to provide a stable platform for all of your workout needs. They are not ideal for running but can be used to go for a run sporadically.

Running shoes are made to be used on a multitude of terrains like road, concrete, and trail running. They are crafted to be very lightweight and their breathable design means you can use them for long periods of time without being affected by fatigue.

In the end we would like to say that running and training shoes are designed for two specific work altogether one for running and the other for CrossFit and Gym, and using them in work which is not shoes specific may lead to injuries during workout and cause stress and pain in the lower joint.

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