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The Best Shoes for High-Impact Aerobics

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With a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing professionally for more than a decade. An avid knitter and mother of four, she has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects, including education, test preparation, parenting, crafts and fashion.
The Best Shoes for High-Impact Aerobics
Step and other high-impact aerobic activities require shoes that can stand up to bouncing.

High-impact aerobic activities, such as step classes, cardio funk or kickboxing, require durable, sturdy and supportive shoes designed for these kinds of activities. High-impact exercise puts substantial pressure on your knees, ankles and feet. Well-designed shoes can relieve some joint discomfort and prevent injury during strenuous and high-energy workouts.

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Shopping for athletic shoes can be overwhelming. You'll find walking shoes, running shoes, everyday athletic shoes and cross-trainers. Lightweight everyday sneakers aren't adequate for these kind of classes, and running shoes aren't designed for side-to-side movement. Invest in a pair of good-quality cross-trainers made specifically for gym workouts for your high-energy classes at the gym to keep your feet and knees happy as you burn calories and blast away fat.


The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine recommends that you choose a shoe with a high toe box and substantial side support. Look for an aerobic shoe with thick cushioning and shock absorption. Cross-trainers should have a stable sole and thick leather upper. Some cross-trainers offer a removable insole, making them ideal if you prefer to use a purchased insole or custom orthotic.

Recommended Shoes

While the best shoe is one that fits and supports your feet, a few shoes have been well ranked by fitness experts and can provide you with an ideal starting point when you shop. Fitness Magazine recommends the Avia A1433 for cardio classes and other gym workouts, while CBS News likes the Adidas Twentyfour7 Daya. Both shoes provide support, cushioning and the stability you need for a hard workout.


If you have problems with your feet, you should see a podiatrist before you purchase shoes for aerobic classes. If your feet pronate, turning inward, or supinate, turning outward, the side-to-side movement in high-impact aerobics may be especially risky, according to the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. A podiatrist can provide you with a custom orthotic insole to correct these movements and reduce any potential pain or discomfort.

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