I’m walking through a bookstore in Whitehorse, up north in the Yukon Territory. And on a random display rack I see these colourful Spandex-looking shoe-type things. Because they have the word “Fit” in the name, I am immediately drawn in.
FitKicks. “Active Lifestyle Footwear.” Bright colours, stretchy, I was immediately intrigued. They were a pretty reasonable price ($30Cdn, around $22US) so I decided to give them a try. Mr Awesome keeps the studio where we do our workouts EXTREMELY cold, and given that the floor is just tiles on bare concrete, the floor is like ice. I figured these might be a great option for those chilly morning workouts.
The packaging says you can wear them for just about anything – workouts, walking, biking, traveling, commuting, at the beach, “grooving” (their words), high heel relief, water sports…and yes, they do resemble a water shoe or those 80’s AquaSox. I was specifically looking at them for workouts, and wasn’t sure I would ever use them for these other activities, but never say never.
My first workout wearing them was in the hotel room in Whitehorse. I find that hotel carpets are notoriously slippery. I don’t want to know why, and I tell myself it’s because of the cleaning they do to make sure my room is spotless and CSI specimen free. Ew – the word specimen just made me gag a little…anyone else? Moving on…they did the trick. My workout had a number of planks and my toes stayed firmly planted. If you’re interested, here is a ink to a video review I shared on Facebook after my first workout wearing them.
I have now used them every single day for three months and overall, I am super happy. They do the trick for the freezing cold floor, and I have done pretty much every kind of workout you can think of and they hold up for them all. Prior to these shoes I worked out barefoot and sometimes felt that I needed arch support for “jumpy” workouts, but so far I’ve been okay wearing these. They don’t give a ton of arch support or padding, but there’s enough for me. They don’t claim support, they state on their website that they’re designed for “ergonomic comfort.”
They also state that they are “extra breathable.” I’m sure they are, but I do find the soles of my feet get sweaty. Now to be fair, they would do that in ANY shoe, especially wearing them with no socks, so I don’t hold it against them. My foot SOMETIMES slips around on the sole, but not often.
There’s a reinforced toe which I like, for moves like upward facing dog where the tops of your foot might be on the floor or mat. The rubber sole provides some good stick while also being slippy enough for dance workouts.
They come in a ton of colours and patterns, which I also enjoy. So far I only own the one pair but I foresee a few more finding their way into my collection. They come in different sizes for both men and women, with women’s sizes ranging from 5.5 to 11. I wear a size 9.5 shoe and got the L, which is listed as 8.5-9.5. They fit perfectly.
I was on their website to do a bit of research for this post and found that they also have a sneaker(ish) line called Cruzers, and they have a kids’ line of FitKicks. I think I am going to get the little miss a pair for her drama class, and they would be awesome as inside shoes on rainy days.
All in all, I’m a fan. Three months of wearing them EVERY day and they are holding up well. The one thing I haven’t tried (don’t judge me) is washing them. I will report back on how they fare. The jury is still out on whether I would ever wear them outside my studio or perhaps a gym or workout class, but time will tell. I could see them being handy on a long travel day.
They are available on their own website, on Amazon, and at Bed, Bath and Beyond. I’m sure there are other places (like random bookstores in Whitehorse) but the point is they’re easily accessible. Let me know if you check them out!