I Bought The Shoes.
It's official. I've taken that final sip of Kool-Aid. On Tuesday bought the official Reebok Crossfit shoes. Well, technically my mother bought them for me. She kindly Pay-Paled me some dough to support my blogging/Crossfit habit. Yes, I am a 30 year old woman who blogs about fitness. And yes, my mother still buys me shoes. Hello!? It's called being a Millennial. Hashtag: Check my privilege.
Today before taking the 4:30pm Crossfit class at Blackfriars I ran to the Reebok store to purchase a pair of the aforementioned trainers. I then hopped on the train and while in transit put on my new shoes and stuffed the box in my backpack so I wasn't carrying around a shopping bag. I don't know why, but I find carrying a new pair of sneakers to the gym in a brand new box incredibly un-cool. And all I've ever wanted to be is cool. Why do you think I bought the shoes?
Up to this point I've been doing Crossfit in my Brooks running shoes. Which are excellent for distance running and not so great for lifting. My running shoes are have a lot of cushion and support; it's like wearing a trampoline on your foot. They have been great for long runs, but I don't like them for everyday wear. Years of dance, barefoot yoga, and sporting converse as my fashionable shoe have conditioned me for little support in footwear. The biggest problem with running shoes is you can't feel the floor in them. As I've started lifting more I've realized that this is a hindrance. The other day, I did the whole WOD barefoot so I could anchor my heels in lifts. Which was uncomfortable for a whole other other bucket of reasons.
They make lifting shoes. They are flat soled shoes with a slight heal and help increase ankle flexibility. However, these are only good for standing and lifting heavy things not running. In Crossfit you do both running and lifting...and jumping...and hanging on bars and rings...and standing on your hands. You do all the things, so you need a shoe that let's you do all the things. With running shoes offering too much support and lifting shoes offering none; the good people of Rebook put their heads together and created an all purpose shoe that allows a person to feel the floor in lifts and run the short distances required in Crossfit. Nike also makes a similar shoe. Both brands run between Oh That's A Little More than I Wanted to Spend to Mommy Will You Please Buy Me Crossfit Shoes?
The first class I baptized these shoes in was an endurance day with no lifting. In total we ran two miles and the whole time I was thinking "God, these better break in well, otherwise I'm fucked." I woke up the following morning with sore calves. I hope I get used to the shoes as they break in. For now, they're kinds of uncomfortable. But they are my two favorite colors in the world so I think that matters over anything else. After all, once you join a fitness cult and buy the shoes, it just becomes about looking good and and fitting in. Right guys?...Guys?