Contrary to what some people would have you believe, selecting a workout shoe is not about looks, or even about price. It’s about delivering the proper functionality for the activity and for your unique wear pattern. Cross training footwear, for example, are meant to deliver good shock absorption and versatility, but the sacrifice is support and, at times, weight of the shoe. Running shoes will give you a lighter weight with better support for the type of running you do (distance, sprinting) but you’ll find they aren’t as flexible for something like a basketball game where the foot undergoes an extended range of motion. Even if you think the shoe doesn’t matter because your feet have never hurt, you may want to think again. Ankle injuries, knee and hip pain, lower back pain and increased fatigue are all subtle signs that you might not be wearing the right shoe. So go to a specialized sports shoe retailer and get a professional recommendation. Many locations also offer free gait or stride analysis to show you the individual tread conditions that pertain to you and the shoes to help solve it.