OH! Magazine - Australian Version August 2016 - Page 22

(OH COOL!) GRANT DUONG ANATOMY OF A CROSS TRAINING SHOE Podiatrist Dr Grant Duong provides this guide to the cross training shoe. he cross training (CT) shoe is what I call the ‘lifestyle shoe’. It is an all-rounder, offering some of the benefits of a walking and a running shoe, but do you really know what its best used for? What is it made from? The pros and cons? • In the late 1980s, Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield decided to make a multisport shoe and did so with the Nike Air Max 1. Since then this multi-sport shoe evolved into the CT shoe. The CT shoe fuses the features of a walking and a running shoe making it extremely versatile. Outsole: • Must be made from durable carbon rubber • Made wider to allow for side-to-side movements from different exercise activities • This is where shoe manufacturers alter the support thickness to suit your feet – whether you pronate or supinate more or if you’re blessed with a neutral foot. T • Made from EVA rubber, ensuring lightweight although not durable cushioning. Made from polyurethane, providing dense, durable and heavy cushioning. • Should be replaced after 100 hours of wear or approximately 6 months • Good for trail running The Cons What are they made from? The construction of a CT shoe typically consists of: Upper: • Made of leather, which increases the ankle stability. • Made with synthetic mesh, making it more breathable and lightweight. • Made with a combination of leather and mesh, to allow breathability and provide lateral movement (side-toside) support. Insole Cushioning: • Aimed at maximising cushioning and support. 22 AUGUST 2016 (OH! MAGAZINE) The Pros • Affordable and economical – one shoe to suit most of your lifestyle needs. • Provides more walking shoe. support than • Versatile, so you can use it for a variety of actvities. • Provides heel and forefoot cushioning and support. • Great for general amateur or casual bodybuilders and personal trainers. • Not suitable running for long distance • More stiffer than a running shoe • Heavier than a walking and running shoe due to the usage of materials to make the shoe As with prescription glasses, you would see an expert such as the Optometrist. With shoes for exercise, it is best to consult with a Podiatrist who will assess your lower limb biomechanics and then recommend the best type of CT shoes for your lifestyle exercises. a Grant Duong is a podiatrist at the Triumph Institute, which is located in Bankstown (Sydney). Grant specialises in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of problems and issues that affect the lower limbs, from the lower back right down to the feet. Learn more about Grant at triumphinstitute.com.au