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The Right Shoes For Every Workout

Runners have guidance galore—this is how you pick the perfect footwear for everything else.

Shopping for running shoes has evolved into a rigorous, scientific process: At the store, specialists analyze our gaits with the help of computer technology, dissecting our foot strike and prescribing the perfect fit. As for any other athletic shoe, there's significantly more guesswork involved. If your fitness regime involves any time at the gym, taking classes, or in the indoor cycling studio, you need to take a closer look at your footwear choices. We asked Grant Goulet, Ph.D., an assistant research scientist at the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology and director of the Michigan Performance Research Laboratory, for some help sole searching.