By Thomas DeLauer

Do you run, lift, or train in various ways? Learn more about what you should be looking for when shopping for the perfect training shoe. HYLETE Community Captain, Thomas DeLauer explains the importance of interchangeable soles in the HYLETE circuit cross-training shoe  that will allow you to easily change your training discipline.

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About the Author

From 280lbs to the Covers of Magazines... All by living a lifestyle that is honest and real. Thomas DeLauer brings the nutrition expertise along with a unique perspective on health and wellness that is everything HYLETE.

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Which sole for your soul? I'm Thomas DeLauer your HYLETE Community Captain and I want to help you understand the soles of your shoes a little bit more, or at least the insoles, so to speak.

So when we look at the insoles, we have something that we have to pay attention to and it's known as the drop. When you're shopping for a shoe you want to be looking at what the specific millimeter drop is. For example, you might go to a running store and find that running shoes have an 8mm drop or a 9mm drop, etc., etc.

All that that is is the drop from the heel to the toe. The higher the millimeter amount the higher the drop meaning you're going to be standing more on your heels or standing less on your heels. So what you want to be paying attention to is what kind of insole do you actually use with a different activity.

So if you have shoes that have a given insole, that is like an 8mm drop or a 6mm drop, those are good for running because you're going to be heel striking a little bit more. It gives you a little bit of cushion and also helps to propel you forward and get you in that nice athletic position to be able to run.

Then you have things that are like a 3mm, 4mm drop. Those are perfect neutral shoes. Those are perfect ones that are really good for just working out and a little bit of running and some cross training and everything like that. Then there are shoes that have one-millimeter drops or even zero millimeter drops. These mimic those barefoot shoes or being barefoot in the first place. Very, very similar so they're very flat. Basically, there's no drop from the heel to the toe.

This is really good if you're trying to make sure that you're doing the correct form when you're squatting or anything like that because it forces you to have to stretch out hamstrings and be in the right position. It's also really good just to have a good stable foundation whenever you're stepping. So it all depends on what you're doing but that's how you look at a shoe and understand the millimeter drop and what it means.

So as always make sure you're keeping it locked in here on HYLETE because if you're starting to learn a little bit more about how your body works, how the apparel works with your body, not against you and also the proper footwear knowledge that you need to have, you're going to find that you're much better athlete and much better feeling person overall. I'll see you soon.