This may sound kind of odd, but I don't own any tennis shoes. I bought an exercise dvd the other day because I realize that this will be the only way for me to become physically active aside from walking around the parks on the weekends.

What kind of shoes does one need for doing arobics? I was at Sport's Authority and they have all different kinds of shoes and I don't know which are appropriate. I thought that maybe I could work out barefooted, but my husband says I need shoes. There is a slight possibility that we may get a gym membership this winter so I may jog if the facility has a track, but I am not holding my breath. Are "good" shoes worth buying if only for an exercise tape, or can I buy a pair of cheapies? I realise that this is kind of a stupid question, but I have no idea what I am doing. Before I had kids, I was thin and fit without the effort. Two kids (via c-section) and 10 extra lpounds that I can't get rid of later, I need to take charge of my body and get back into shape.

Any recs are appreciated.
Obviously anything comfy is cool - some prefer running shoes as they are often designed to give the wearer that bounciness on impact, others prefer any old tat.

I guess tennis shoes would be designed to achieve a similar effect.

Don't pay too much, you can easily find good quality shoes for exercise. Maybe stay away from the bigger names and get something from the less popular brands as their prices are lower, they look practically the same and the quality is the same. Good luck.
Running shoes have no side-to-side stability that is helpful if you are doing aerobics. However, my ankles are fine and I don't too crazy side-to-side motion that often, so I buy running shoes. I make the store people help me pick them out. Personally I like "a flexible shoe with some arch support".

I would suggest just going to the store (Sports Authority is fine) and asking an experienced sales person (i.e. not the 16 year olds they hired for the summer) what kind of shoe to suggest for what you will be doing.
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