Slideshow: Best Teen Workout Shoes

  • teen girl jogging

    What Makes a Good Running Shoe?

    Classic running shoes offer support and traction to keep you from slipping. Look for shoes with:

    • A thick heel for shock absorption for when your feet hit the ground
    • Forefoot cushioning and flexibility for when you push off on each step
    • Good arch support
  • girl wearing toning shoes

    Toning Shoes: Do They Work?

    Maybe you’ve seen ads for shoes that promise to tone your butt, legs, and thighs. But beware. There's no solid research that they really work. They may, however, help painful heels, heel spurs, or foot pain called plantar fasciitis. The best way to get more fit and toned is to make sure you're getting 60 minutes of activity or exercise a day.

  • teen boy hiking

    Hiking: Sturdy Boots

    Going for a hike? Make sure you're wearing hiking boots or trail shoes instead of sneakers. Look for a pair that's wide and sturdy. You want shoes with ankle support that are cushioned around the heel so they will absorb the shock of going up and down hills.

  • teen training in gym

    Gym: Cross-Training Shoes

    When you're at the gym, you need one shoe that can handle a wide range of motions and activities -- from aerobics to weight-lifting. Try a good cross-trainer, which is an all-purpose sport shoe. They work for many popular sports and workouts, and they're great for the gym.

  • woman bending shoe

    Aerobics: Dance Shoes

    Heading to a dance class or dance-inspired aerobics class like Zumba? Surprisingly, running and other gym shoes aren't the best choice. They may have too much grip and traction that can cause knee and ankle injuries. Dance sneakers are safer because they let you make smooth movements when you turn. And they also offer foot support for moving side to side. Can't find dance sneakers? Look for a cross-training shoe with a smoother sole.

  • teen kicking soccer ball

    Soccer: Go With Cleats

    For a pickup game, sneakers may be just fine. But if you're playing on grass a lot or if the ground will be soft, wet, or muddy, look for cleats. The little plastic nubs on the bottom can keep you from slipping and falling. There are a lot of cleats out there, including for baseball football, and track. Look for ones made for soccer -- they have the right spikes and work best for the ankle movements you need.

  • teens playing basketball

    On the Court: Basketball Shoes

    You want to wear these when you hit the court to avoid hurting your ankle. Basketball shoes are designed to support the quick side-to-side movements of your foot and body better than other shoes. Look for shoes with lots of ankle support and rigid sides to help your body handle the stop-and-go shifting.

  • new and worn shoe

    How Often Should I Replace My Shoes ?

    Get new kicks once a year, at least. One way to find out if you need a new pair -- flip them over. Look for signs of wear. If the soles are worn out on the sides or middle, replace them. Shop for new shoes in the evening. That's when your feet are more likely to be swollen due to gravity. If shoes fit then, they should fit well when working out.

  • girl walking a dog

    Flats, Flip Flops, Sandals: Bad for Your Feet?

    When you're walking for longer than 10-15 minutes, skip these styles because they offer zero support. The best shoes for walking are lightweight, breathable ones with a wide, flexible space where your toes go -- the toe box. That way your toes aren't squished. Otherwise, you could end up with blisters, calluses, bunions, or hammertoes.

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