First, let me apologize for going on a bloggers hiatus. That's not really like me to just ghost. Been kinda busy making gains at the studio; Teaching more classes, planning events, updating a bathroom, collaborating and dancing with other studios and oh, yeah - did you hear I was on a podcast? I say all that to say this, I won't leave you hanging again. At least, I will try to avoid going so long in between posts.
Now, to the nitty gritty on these new Nike shoes I've been trying out.
First up - the Nike Free TR8. I gotta tell you. I really like this shoe. I mean - it's light weight, it's solid and packed with cushion in the heel and it's basically a sock on top so it's cool and hugs your foot. The bottom of it is smooth, with just enough grip to allow me to turn without slipping. I really think this is a fabulous shoe for fitness dancing. Kind of impressed.
There are some negatives on this one though. It does have a high fabric on your heel. It can rub and leave you with a blister, so that takes some getting used to. I also think it kinda runs a little small. If I hadn't ordered online, I definitely would have tried on a half size bigger. I wear an 8.5 and sometimes when I'm dancing I can feel my toes going numb. I thought this was because I wear orthotic insoles in my shoes, but it's the same problem when I go without. And finally the biggest drawback on this shoe is the price point. It retails on Nike at $100 right now. Yeah - I know. I did get a discount and that's how I was able to give these sweet babies a try. But I think that's pretty expensive for a dance fitness shoe. Alas, you can wear this in other fitness classes too!
Last but not least, I'm trying out the Nike Air Max 270 and wow! I mean WOW! It is an oh, so comfortable shoe. I'm on my feet almost all day and this past week I was teaching different kinds of classes, dance, Tabata, Ass & Abs, TRX and the shoe was killing it!
First, it fits your foot really well. It has more room in the toe than the TR8. In addition, it also pulls on like a sock but has thicker fabric so it really hugs the top of your foot. It has way more grip and width in the toe box so it keeps you stable when you're balancing on one foot or lunging from side to side. And finally - it has this air-filled cushion heel so when you jump, the shock is absorbed by the shoe and not your soles. I love it. I would buy another pair if it didn't retail for $150. Again, discount helped me afford these shoes. Emily Snow has this shoe too, in the cutest colors and the shoe is made for men too. So, you and your boo can match Em!
Recently, I did grab a pair of the Adidas Edge Lux in gray. I love wearing them as an athleisure shoe. That means, when I'm just hanging out trying to be cute. But, I've accidentally left them on to dance in, and while they are great for turns and pivots, they just don't have as much heel and arch support and the fabric for your upper foot stretches out quickly. Not to mention, the laces are basically ribbon. So, this is probably not the shoe you want to workout in. Just saying'.
Would love to hear what you're wearing and if you think I should try one of your faves.
About the Author
Sandi Cauley is a small business owner, fitness instructor, dancer and retired broadcast journalist. She operates Turn Cardio Jam Studio in Richmond, VA (founded in 2015) with goals to mesh dance + fitness and connect others with some of their youth. She is also a 3 x boy mom, a Tejana, a wannabe