These shoes are great…. But not for all types of workouts. I do Turbo Fire and Turbo Kick at home on the carpet and in the studio at the gym. They are perfect for this kind of workout, HIIT, Insanity, Pilates, Zumba, yoga basically most plyometric workouts that don’t involve weighted exercises. I discovered the Nike Studio Wrap shoes and started using them because my knees and ankles were bothering me from all of the resistance/friction between the carpet in my house and my tennis shoes. The carpet was inhibiting full joint rotation from my hips down to my ankles. I’m sure many people have found this same problem while working out at home. I gave these a try, and I absolutely love them for the workouts I mentioned above. Remember, everyone is different. Do what is best for you body. Listen to what your body is telling you.
Although I use them very frequently, they are not suitable and don’t provide enough stability for many other exercises. For example, I wouldn’t recommend walking on the treadmill or using the elliptical in these wrap shoes. Also, if you’re using resistance bands, you can’t put the band under your feet (without pain!) and use it like you would with tennis shoes. The same goes for weight training exercises where you need to stabilize and plant your feet to prevent injury from heavy lifting. Plus, no one wants to drop a weight on those toes! Ouch!
For those of you that decide these shoes would be perfect for your needs, they are really comfortable and provide enough traction to stop from hyper rotation or extension of the joints. They don’t move around on your feet, are easy to wash, and perfect to just throw on and workout. No socks required. Also, the Studio Wrap shoe fabric is thick yet flexible and wraps tightly around your entire foot to give you stability. If you do decide to wear them to a gym studio, be prepared, your toes will get a little dirty (just like they would if you walked around outside barefoot). But, it gives you a really good reason to go out and treat yourself for that pedicure you want and deserve! 😉 Overall, I give them a thumbs up. Absolutely worth the $40-$50 price tag! You can order them on http://www.nike.com, and they do come in another style than the ones I have. I haven’t seen them in stores, so it appears as though you can only get them online (but I didn’t look in any dance wear specific stores). I hope you love them too! 🙂