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Shoes with adequate -- not extra -- cushioning are useful on the elliptical.
If the elliptical trainer is your cardio machine of choice for an aerobic workout, you need a comfortable shoe that provides support. You won't find an "elliptical shoe" in the shoe section of your local department store, but you will find cross trainers. When you know what features are useful in a training shoe for working out on the elliptical, you'll find that cross trainers are the ideal shoe for the job.
The Best Choice
When you stride along on an elliptical trainer, your feet don't leave the pedals, but your weight does shift as your legs take turns supporting your body on the down strokes. That makes it important to wear a shoe with satisfactory lateral support, to keep your foot stable throughout each stride. Cross-training shoes are the best choice for footwear when working out on the elliptical because they combine the characteristics of several different sport-specific training shoes, including the lateral support of tennis shoes. Another reason cross trainers are an effective choice is that they also have the roomy toe boxes that running shoes feature, giving your toes space to flex as you press down on the pedals.
Walking or Running Shoes
If you have a pair of walking or running shoes already, you won't need to buy a different pair of shoes just to work out on the elliptical. The elliptical trainer is low-impact, so either style of those training shoes will provide ample cushioning and support for your feet.
Invest in New Shoes Regularly
When your athletic shoes start breaking down, they won't provide the cushioning or support you need when working out on the elliptical to keep from developing shin splints, heel pain or other maladies from repetitive motion or overuse. If you only wear your training shoes when you work out, they could still look new on the outside, so it can be difficult to determine when it's time for a new pair. When the cushioning in the insoles has broken down, your trainers will have a flat, hard feel to them. You also might notice that your knees ache after a workout. These are indications that it's time for new workout shoes. Some manufacturers recommend how often you should replace your workout shoes, but it really depends on how often you use them. The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine recommends replacing your training shoes after 300 to 500 miles, if you keep track of your elliptical workouts that way, or after 45 to 60 hours if you track your exercise by time instead of distance.
Avoid the Rockers
Walking shoes with rocker bottoms might help the roll-through from heel to toe when you walk, but they aren't effective or safe for wearing when training on the elliptical. The rounded design of the sole causes instability, but you need a stable shoe with a flat bottom when you work out on an elliptical. Wearing level, supportive shoes can help to avoid injury to your ankles and knees and to maintain your balance so you won't fall off the machine in mid-stride.