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How to Pick the Best Shoes When Joining an Exercise Class this Summer

There are all kinds of reasons you may have made the decision to sign up for one or more exercise classes this summer. Getting fit is something that benefits your entire body and your mind, helping to combat stress, give you a boost of energy, and just have you looking and feeling your best.

The great thing about joining an exercise class is the fact you don’t have to worry about buying all kinds of gear and equipment. You’ll just need comfortable fitting workout wear and a pair of supportive athletic shoes. Of course, finding that right pair of shoes tends to take a little more work than just walking into the store and grabbing the first pair you see. Here are some tips on how you can find the best pair of shoes meant for exercises classes.

Look for Something Breathable

As the Authority Shoe website points out, one of the top things you’ll want to look for when buying a shoe for an exercise class such as something like jazzercise, is that it needs to be breathable. There’s no way around it, you’re going to get hot and work up a sweat in your class. This is a good thing; it means your body is working and you’re elevating your heart rate. At the same time, you want to wear shoes that are going to allow your feet to breathe and keep them as cool as possible. In terms of material, the best option is usually to look for a shoe that has a large amount of mesh. These are popular with runners too, for the same reason.

Make Sure the Fit Is Right

Buying a shoe that is too small, too big, too wide, or too narrow is going to result in an uncomfortable experience for you and will likely cause blisters. You need to be sure the shoe fits properly. Keep in mind that a running shoe will fit and feel different as you move from brand to brand, which is why you want to be able to try the shoe on. Even the insole material will make a difference in how the shoe fits.

It’s also a good idea to not just slip the shoe on but walk around the store. Trying stretching; do a couple jumps and lunges and see how it responds and how your feet feel.

The Shoe Needs to Be Supportive

The final tip is to look for a shoe that offers enough support. In an exercise class you will be covering a whole range of motions which can include quick changes in direction. The shoe needs to offer enough support for your foot and ankle so that you don’t end up rolling it and injuring yourself.

Once You Find the Right One You Won’t Want to Take it Off

After following all these tips and you can find that perfect pair of shoes at for your exercise class, chances are you will feel so comfortable in them that you won’t want to take them off. Do check out for other tips and guide on choosing not just running shoes, but even boots and anything shoe related!


  • Tamra Phelps

    I have such trouble finding good shoes. I’m diabetic and my right foot swells. So frustrating.

  • Linda Linneman

    I can really use a good pair of shoes that are comfortable, provide great support and don’t make my feet sweat. These sound great and will provide all I need. I will be checking these out. Thank you so much for sharing