According to this article, the principles for a good weight lifting shoe has the following properties:
- Not slippery
- Incompressible soles
- Excellent support
- Snug fit
Among the cheapest alternatives were the venerable Chuck Taylor's for their hard soles, full ankle mobility, and strong canvas. I understand running shoes with the air cells and comfort heals are just not cut out for the job.
But it got me thinking. Chucks are good for weight lifting, but I also want to run and they aren't so great for that. There's a relatively new fad with running circles called "barefoot running", and Nike, Converse, and other shoe manufacturers have some shoes that look like they might fit the bill for both. I also have a pair of karate shoes on hand.
These would have grip, the soles on all these shoes are flexible, thin, and don't compress. I would have full ankle mobility and a good fit. So, would something like that work for both arenas? Basically I don't want to stop my workout and change shoes when I'm done weight lifting and switch to my cardio work.