You may not be wearing the right shoes for the activity you are engaging in and may gradually be causing yourself some future pain and agony. I want to tell you a story about how I learned the hard way that I was wearing the wrong shoes.
I had been training for the Redondo Beach Triathlon for about 3 months a about 2 years ago and was doing great. My cardio was excellent, my swimming technique had improved, and I was more confident with ocean swimming. One day I woke up and stepped out of bed and I felt a pain in the pad of my foot "OWWW!!!" What had happened? I didn't fall or do anything that I thought would have caused this pain. Maybe my feet were just sore. So I put on my tennis instead of heels that week and went to work. A week passed and my feet were not getting better. I decided to go see the doctor.
My doctor did an X-ray and said that she didn't see anything unusual. She then asked me about my training. Next she recommended that I stick to my my tennis shoes for 2 weeks and stop training. What??? This was horrible! But I did what she asked. Two weeks came and went and one morning I decided to take myself for a little run. "OWWWW! are you kidding me?". My feet were not better. I went back in and had an MRI scan completed. "Stress Fracture." I was told. A very very small hairline fracture on the bone of one of my metatarsals. I was placed in a boot for over 2 months. This set my training back so much. When race time came about I still wasn't healed completely. I still competed but took it easy on the run.
So what was the cause of all of this? Well I remember that the days leading up to my injury I was jump roping for 3 days in a row in my NIKE training shoes (I thought I was Rocky with all that jump roping). The thing about these shoes were that they were not meant for high impact exercises since they had zero cushion. They were meant for lifting and stabilized motions. Being new to all this working out stuff I didn't think that jumping in them would be a problem since I was fine jump roping the first two days. I was wrong.
Now that I am better informed I have a pair of flat sturdy NIKE training shoes for lifting, a pair of cushioned Asics for running, and a pair of semi cushioned shoes for walking. I do not wear running shoes if I am lifting (squatting, lunging, etc) because most running shoes are higher in the back to encourage a forward movement when you are running. When you are squatting you do not want to be in running shoes and be pushed forward, especially when you have a ton of weight on your shoulders from a barbell. This could cause stress on your knees, not to mention some balance issues "Timber!!!!" I'm sure some of you might be reading this right now and a light bulb is going off in your head as to why you always tip forward on your squats. It's your shoes!! Basic right? Next time you squat try flat footed shoes or your bare feet. Your hamstrings are going to be doing work that they were doing when you were lifting in those running shoes. Also if you have weak ankles, you might want to try a shoe with better stabilization.
So moral of the story is, always wear the shoe that fits the activity you are doing. Don't be like me and wear something for every activity just because it looks cool. You may end up injuring yourself!!!