Whether it's running, working out in a gym, playing some BBall, or whatever. If you take your hobby seriously you probably have gone through quite a few different pairs of cross trainers/running shoes/tennis shoes/whatever before you found a pair that worked for you the best. Which ones do you prefer?
I used Nike Air Monarchs, then Asics Gel Express 3 Crosstrainers. I then switched to Reebok Evaluate trainers, and I'm now using Nike Free TR2s.
I believe that the Asics were the best shoe in general for active hobbies/lifestyle out of the ones I've tried, but the TR2s I currently own are the best for me particularly because they help to correct my poor balance and coordination while exercising. To someone who did not have my issues, however, I would say go with the Asics.
What is your activity of choice and what is your preference of active footwear?
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Football (or soccer as it is known otherwise) in which case I wear my boots- I have my much loved Pantofola D'Oro Desiderio firm ground moulded stud boots, a newly purchased pair of Adidas Copa Mundial boots which need no breaking in (they can be worn right out of the box and are fantastic), another pair of Adidas Adipure IV soft ground boots with removable traxion studs for when the grounds are damp/wet, a pair of Adidas Adizero Prime firm ground boots for when I'm feeling the pitch is dry and for when I need an extra boost of speed (as they are extremely light boots made of synthetic materials and have no bulky sock liner or anything) and am awaiting a new pair of Adidas Adipower Predators in their firm ground configuration (they have bladed studs) to come in that I ordered from England. I am a purist in many ways but won't eschew new technologies provided they aren't too gaudy/gimmicky- hence why I hate Nike boots with a passion. All in all I try to ensure I have the right boots for the job contingent on the conditions. I am also very finicky and will sit and clean/polish my boots with leather-food, use a toothbrush to remove mud and then a toothpick to remove mud from the soleplate/studs.
Additionally I was cleaning and polishing a pair of Puma Cup 78 boots my dad had-I'm torn about wearing those as they are older than me and it'd be a shame to damage them/subject them to game conditions. I have a proverbial bag full of boots and might end up getting the Puma V1.11 boots also as they seem to be getting rave reviews.
I have been through countless pairs of boots and brands of which I have been pleased all in all with- Lotto have been very good to me and I recall a blue pair I had years ago that were great; then I got the Adidas Predator Precision which were fantastic boots-the subsequent Predator Mania I had in silver but they were bulky and cut up my feet underneath-I had to get my great-uncle who is a cobbler to fit in a special insert and they did the trick as in my first game with them I scored a smashing volley.
Subsequently I got a white boot from a more obscure Italian brand called Kronos-they were superb-light, comfortable and with those I could knuckle the ball and impart vicious swerve/dip. My shooting was so vicious that ultimately I tore the underside of one boot right off as I cannoned a shot. I then procured a pair of Nomis Spark firm ground boots in blue and these were great also-light kangaroo leather and they lasted me until just last month; I was misty-eyed when the upper came unstuck from the soleplate but c'est la vie. I gave them a viking funeral-and the aforementioned boots have now taken their place.
Additionally, should I be going for a jog or anything like that I find my Adidas Jerez trainers are quite good but I may need something more in terms of arch support and may consider getting a good cross-trainer so I get the right support during jogs/hitting the treadmill etc. That aside I may get a good tennis shoe too