Whoa, whoa, whoa. While jumping rope barefoot can be done, I
highly recommend not doing it. We need to protect our feet. They get us every day from point A to point
B to help us enjoy life and do the things that we love to do. And I learned this from experience because
two and a half years ago I went through a mysterious foot injury that I believe to be
some kind of a tendonitis that I battled for a year and a half. I went to doctors, physical therapy, nothing
was working, and it wasn’t until I was assigned at work of all places a stiff boot that it
started to heal because it was finally not allowed to flex so much. And I don’t want anybody else to go through
that because it was very frustrating and depressing not being able to do the things that I love
to do. That being said, one of the most common questions
I see being asked on my social medias as well as other jump rope groups, is what is the
best jump rope shoe? And the answer is there isn’t one particular
shoe style that’s going to be the best for everybody. We’re all unique. Some people have flat feet, some people have
wide feet, some people have weak ankles or strong ankles and some people have weak or
strong plantar fascia. So you need to make sure that you are finding
the right shoe for you. As I thought about this more, I looked at
the shoes that I typically use for jump rope and there was three main styles. There’s a running shoe, a basketball shoe,
and an all around training shoe. I looked at the features that these shoes
had and I developed a list of the top shoe features that you should use in choosing your
ultimate jump rope shoe. Let’s do this. First up is foot and ankle support. The best shoes for delivering good support
will be basketball and training shoes. If you’re going to be doing a lot of lateral
training, you will want good support. As you can see, this Converse show has no
structure to it. It is soft and has no real performance design
elements built into it. Compare that to this training and basketball
shoe. You can see that they are more rigid, which
will help protect your ankles and feet during rigorous training. If you are looking for max support, a high
top shoe will be your best option within these styles. The next key feature is sole flexibility. Since we’re on the balls of our feet, it is
important that the way the shoe beneds feels natural basketball shoes will be slightly
stiffer sole, while training and running shoes will be made with more flex. If you get sore feet, a stiffer sole may suit
you better. Arguably, the most famous shoe cushioning
system of all time is that of the Nike Air. However, all brands have a cushioning system
these days and it is a great way to protect your feet and joints from impact. Be careful though. If the cushioning is too soft, it can create
stability issues for your ankle. Having good traction is vital. You don’t want to be slipping and sliding
around during your workout. Don’t get too aggressive of a tread though. Your rope can get caught on it creating more
trip ups versus it sliding on through. When it comes to shoe weight, I prefer a light
shoe. It allows me to move my feet quickly so I
can up the speed and the intensity of my workouts. And last but not least, style. While style is not the most important aspect,
let’s be honest, none of us wants an ugly shoe. We pay good money for these things, and I
love to have a sweet pair of kicks. Just don’t sacrifice the other features because
you love the way a shoe looks. There are a million out there. Find one that checks all the boxes you need. There you have it. Those are my top features for choosing the
right shoe for you. I hope you enjoyed this video. If you did, please hit that like button below,
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