Review: These brand new cross training shoes from Reebok are the 9th edition of this long-standing classic. They are a favorite for a reason, they work great at the gym.
They are perfect for lifting heavyweight, like the Olympic lifts. They are flexible enough for other tasks like jumping and lateral moves. And they have very little cushion underfoot which allows you to feel the ground and get the feedback you need.
They can even be used to run short distances, under a mile, when your workout calls for it.
Flat sole with minimal cushion, great base for heavy lifting.
Form-fitting and flexible flex weave locks your foot in and allows it to move.
OK for runs under a mile.
Takes a few weeks to completely break in, can be a bit stiff at first.
Comfortable durable cross training shoes for the gym, great for lifting!
Review: These are the perfect shoes for cross training, especially when your routine includes lifting. These shoes come with a mini lifter insert that helps you improve your range of motion and this model Metcon is good for running distances less than a mile.
The Metcons also happen to fit best if you have narrow feet, although this model does have a wider tow box than the previous one.
Nike Hyperlift insert helps ROM on squats, pistol squats and lunges.
Wide stable flat sole, great for lifting.
Flexible in the front and stable and supportive in the heel.
Tends to separate from the sole after extended wear.
Best gym shoes for lifting and cross training style workouts like CrossFit.
Review: Mizuno designed this trainer especially for the gym or box environment. This shoe has sensor pod technology that allow your feet to feel ground feedback, so you feel stable while lifting, jumping and during lateral movements.
The upper is soft, flexible and form-fitting like a sock, while the sole keeps your feet low to the ground.
Soft, flexible, one-piece upper.
COBtechnology means increased sensitivity underfoot.
Internal midfoot support straps keep foot locked in while forefront remains flexible.
NOT running shoes – OK for short distances.
An excellent pair of cross training shoes by Mizuno that provide stability and balance while lifting.
Review: If you have not heard of these shoes, check them out. They are stylish and understated training shoes for you guys who are not a fan of the clown colors some other trainers come it.
Not only do they look great, these athletic shoes perform. They are minimal and light, keep your feet close to the ground, they breath well, and if your routine calls for a little jogging, they can do that too.
Flat, stable, low to the ground – great for lifting.
Breathable mesh upper – plenty of ventilation.
Good looking, subtle style – people will ask where you got ‘em!
A tad narrow, but the upper is forgiving.
If you want to try a NEW gym training shoe, not what everyone else has, these York trainers fit the bill.
Review: The Nano 8.0s do not disappoint. Forget the flaws of the 7.0, the 8.0 addresses those issues, even though they look similar they are quite different.
The 8.0 is constructed with a heel bootie and sock liner, making the upper flexible and well-padded and super comfortable. The heel counter is not as hard as it was on the 7.0. and the midsole is the dual-density midsole like every generation previous (except the 7.0).
There is a lot to love here with the 8.0
Thicker insole than the 7.0.
Flexible, softer sole, padded tongue.
One of the wider Nano models, good workout shoes for wide feet.
Thinner laces than other models.
Does not climb ropes as well as the 7.0, likely due to the softness of the sole.
The most comfortable, flexible, well designed Nanos so far.
Review: The Conviction X is a functional fitness shoe by Asics, designed to handle a wide array of abuses, from box jumps to lifting, rope climbs and cardio, these shoes are a jack of all trades.
The upper is made from synthetic “Rhyno skin” and mesh, which is tough and durable. The tread is very grippy and there is a 4mm heel to toe drop, on an already slip sole, making it a decent shoe to lift in.
Minimal insole, removable.
Low riders, 4mm drop, 10mm at the heel and 6mm at the toe.
Runs true to size, medium to wide.
Stiff heel, stable, with a heel counter.
Run a bit small and narrow.
Solid and stable, yet flexible. Best shoes for working out all around.
Review: The Nike Pegasus 33 shoes are some of the best exercise shoes for plantar fasciitis because they have good arch support and are well cushioned, even more so than the Pegasus 32. The shoe is also offered in wide and extra wide to accommodate wider feet.
Great kicks for plantar fasciitis, great arch support, and cushion.
Well padded, cushioned collar, with two impact-absorbing zoom pockets near the heel and at the forefront.
Review: The new Metcons are here! If you are in the market for a gym shoe or cross training shoe, give these a try.
They are redesigned to be a little better at running, and GREAT for all your other CrossFit activities like Olympic lifts, jumping, thrusters, etc. They are stable, and reasonably comfortable for short runs.
Removable Hyperlift insert improves lifting and range of motion.
OK for runs under a few miles.
Best weightlifting shoe for women with narrow feet.
Excellent ground feel and heel stability with a flexible from make these some of the best-rated gym shoes available today.
The Metcons are OK for running short distances, and if your Cross Training routine includes running, you will appreciate that.
Since I also include running in my workout from time to time, I went in search of the best CrossFit shoes for running and made this list to share. Check them out!
Review: The new Nano 9s deliver as promised. They are better for running than the 8s, and have just a touch more responsiveness from the dual-density midsole. They are good for runs under 2 miles.
They are also excellent cross trainers for women. They have an external TPU cup that locks the heel in and provides support for lifting and lateral movements and they have a comfy wide toe box, which I appreciate during Olympic lifts.
Wide toe box – these shoes are good for wide feet too!
Breathable and flexible upper keeps you cool when your workout heats up.
Good for running short distances – better than the Metcon.
The upper is not as durable as other trainers.
Attractive, comfortable cross training shoes that work well for athletes with wide feet.
Review: These minimal style cross training shoes for women are a hit with those who like to feel the ground and feel connected.
They are perfect for weightlifting because they provide a flat stable base and allow your foot to spread out. They are also flexible enough for plyometrics, wall balls, thrusters, and other dynamic moves.
Great fit for wide feet.
Excellent for lifting, minimal and give good ground feedback.
Minimal structure and padding, low to the ground feel.
Not great for running more than a few kilometers.
Flexible and wide in the front, a great cross training shoe for women with wide feet.
Review: The stretch mesh upper and energy-returning midsole of these Alphabounce running shoes will make you look forward to your workout. They take virtually no time to break in, are comfortable to wear and look great.
Bonus, they are made with recycled material, so you can feel good about doing your part for the environment.
Forgedmesh upper creates a snug comfortable secure fit.
Bouncy and energizing cushion, perfect for running.
Material is made from recycled plastics – eco friendly.
The shoes are a little shallow for runners with high arches.
Stylish and comfortable running shoes that will put a spring in your step.
Review: Put some flash in your 100 yard dash with these Reebok running shoes. They fit sung and feel like running on clouds. They are also great for ladies who work on their feet all day. Good for ladies with wide feet.
Flashfilm midsole is responsive without adding weight.
Breathable upper provides great ventilation.
Super cute running shoes.
Tongue is attached on one side, which not everyone likes.
Stylish, responsive, daily wear running shoes from Reebok.
Review: The Reebok Grace are designed specifically for the female foot which are narrower in the heel and wider at the ball of the foot. These shoes are decent for running, the toe area angles up and the shoes feel as if they propel you forward.
They are also meant for the gym and Cross Training, and as such, have a low compression insole and rope climbing tread.
Low compression insole makes for a stable training shoe.
Ample Rope Pro traction near the arch midfoot area.
Relatively flat, they have good contact with the floor.
These shoes run long. The upper is somewhat plastic-y.
Finally! A Cross Training shoe you can run in, designed for the special features of a woman’s foot.
Review: Under Armor has created a truly unique shoe with this Tribase Reign cross training shoe. It is quite different from other shoes in their lineup.
This shoe has a ripstop material upper that is durable and flexible, a full rubber outsole that stands up to abuse, a Micro G® foam midsole that adds a little cushion while still keeping your feet connected to the ground, making these great for lifting, jumping, lateral movements and more.
Low to the ground feel.
Rubber outsole wrap up for greater all-around durability.
External heel counter for heel stability and lateral support.
Excellent style – very attractive.
Not great for running or walking long distances.
A unique shoe by Under Armour that is great for weight training and hitting the gym.
Review: The Inov-8 F-lite 275 is a light responsive cross training shoe that is right at home in the gym. It works well for agility, plyometrics, a little running and even some weight lifting. The shoe has ample room in the toe box and is a good choice for wide feet.
Flexible midsole and upper.
Metatarsal Adapter strap locks foot down.
Super light training shoe, 9.6 oz.
8mm drop, good for folks with hip or ankle mobility issues.
Run wide and long.
A well rounded training and gym shoe, especially good for people with wide feet or mobility issues in the hip or ankle.
Review: The all in one training shoe, the famous Metcon 3 by Nike, is stable enough for lifting, solid in the heel and midsole, and flexible at the toe. Enough cushion for light running and agility work.
Cross train and lift in this flat soled shoe.
Good arch support TPU heel cup, and heel clip.
Upper is fly knit with a thermal flexible coating.
Mesh toe, flat sole, crazy outsole pattern.
Thin laces, annoying and breakable, but designed to stay tied.
True to size, newly designed Metcon for cross training.
Review: These Nike Free TR 7’s are comfortable, lightweight and attractive. They are some of the best women’s workout shoes for all-around training. They are decent for running, offer some impact protection and fit snugly.
Good for both cross training and lifting.
No tongue, removable insole, very lightweight.
Built-in sleeve provides snug, comfortable, secure fit.
Flex grooves and Free foam sole make for a flexible sole.
Review: The Asics Conviction X Cross Trainer shoes for women are sought after because they are lighter than Metcons and Nano shoes, and they are supportive and comfortable enough for HIIT, CrossFit, plyometrics, light lifting and more.
Flat stable sole.
Durable “Rhyno skin” outer.
Moisture-wicking sock liner for a secure fit.
Best cross training shoes for women. Light and flexible, with a stable heel.
Review: No Bull, flat and stable, with a wide toe box and good arch support, good workout shoes for flat feet. They have an indestructible upper, super grippy rubber sole, and plenty of lateral support.
Choose shoes that have a low drop, good lateral and heel support and are durable, even in the upper.
They need a solid, flat base for stability lifting, and a wide toe box so your feet can spread under the weight. They must also be flexible at the toe for rope climb and agility, but stiff and supportive in the heel.
Choose shoes that have a decent heel to toe drop, to move you forward, good cushion and “bounce” to absorb impact, and light materials, with breathable fabric.
This design is not necessarily the most durable, especially in the upper but performance-wise it is best for running.
Dance or Zumba Style Class
Dance or Zumba shoes must be supportive in the heel and allow you to spin, turn and twist easily. Look for a shoe that has a TPU heel counter and makes your heel feel locked in.
Also, take a look at the lug pattern on the sole. A multi-directional sole is best. If you are considering a dance or Zumba workout, take a look at Ryka Women’s Influence Cross Training shoe which has a pivot point on the sole that allows you to turn on a dime, without twisting your ankle.
No running shoes, please. Barefoot styles are great for lifting because they allow you to feel the ground beneath your feet, allow your feet to spread, keep you stable and usually have little to no toe to heel drop.
If you lift serious weights, get a pair of shoes designed specifically for lifting. These shoes are completely flat, not cushioned at the sole, and have a metatarsal strap that locks the foot into the shoe. They are very stable.
A good shoe for lifting will be very stable and supportive in the ankle. Most CrossFit shoes incorporate a TPU or Thermo Plastic Urethane heel cup for good heel stability.
How to Choose a Shoe for Your Specific Foot Issue
Folks with flat feet may benefit from arch support. Flat feet are one cause of plantar fasciitis.
Folks with flat feet also tend to have wide feet, so choose wider shoes. Some brands run wider than others, we have named a few of these in the reviews.
If you do not suffer any pain due to having flat feet, a barefoot-style may also work. These shoes often have little to no arch support, but some experts and studies suggest that flat feet do not need correction unless they cause a problem.
Many athletes with flat feet find barefoot style shoes extremely comfortable. There are several barefoot training shoes listed in the reviews.
The Nano 2.0, 8.0 and 9.0 are the best shoes for working out for those with wide feet. Some shoes are notorious for being narrow, (looking at you Metcons!). When I saw this I mentioned it in the reviews.
High arches are another cause of Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis is a condition where the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toe becomes strained and begins to hurt.
If your high arches are causing this pain, look for shoes with good arch support.
Plantar Fasciitis causes heel pain as the connective tissue that supports the arch of the foot becomes inflamed.
If you suffer from Plantar fasciitis, check out this list of the best workout shoes to help ease the pain of Plantar fasciitis here.
Gym and Workout Shoe FAQs
How to Wash Gym Shoes?
According to Nike, it’s best not to throw your sneakers in the wash, or use harsh chemicals.
They recommend mixing up a mild solution of warm water with just a little laundry soap and washing the sole and laces by hand while simply spot cleaning the body of the shoe, as needed.
Then allow the shoes to air dry.
If odor is the problem, try a shot of Dr. Scholls Odor Destroyer Deodorant Spray at the end of the day. My sons had shoes so stinky we couldn’t let them in the house until they had washed, but a shot of this in each shoe at the end of the day made life bearable again.
How Often Should You Replace Workout Shoes?
It depends on your activity.
If you are a runner, track those miles and you can expect to get between 400 and 500 miles out of a pair of shoes before the midsole starts to break down and the shoes lose their bounce.
Cross Training shoes may last longer, since they don’t have the cushion that can break down like running shoes do. However, since CrossFit shoes tend to have stiff soles and flexible uppers, some have a reputation for separating where the upper meets the sole.
If you want a pair of long-lasting CrossFit shoes, pick up a pair of NOBULL Men’s Training Shoes. Rumor has it, guys can wear these for 2 years before they give up the ghost.
Can I use Running Shoes for the Gym?
Running shoes are designed for running. They have bounce and spring, and a larger drop that moves you forward, which is great for running.
…at the gym, the forward tilt may cause balance problems, and the bounce is not what you want for lateral side to side type movements. And running shoes are a no go if you plan on lifting heavy weights, they are too unstable.
If you use the elliptical machine, stepper, indoor track or treadmill at the gym, running shoes are fine.
What’s the Difference Between Training Shoes and Running Shoes?
Running shoes are more structured, supportive and cushioned than training shoes.
Running shoes offer impact protection and return your energy back to your stride. They are responsive and put a spring in your step.
Running shoes also are a bit higher in the back than in the front. This elevation difference is called the drop, and it’s what makes you feel like moving or leaning forward as you run.
Training shoes have minimal to no drop and usually very minimal cushion, because they are designed for stability, especially while lifting and jumping.
What are the Best Shoes for HIIT Training?
If you are looking for a great pair of HIIT shoes look for shoes that are minimally cushioned, stable, flat, and that have a minimal drop.
You also want shoes that feel secure and locked in at the heel, and flexible at the forefront. Any shoe that works well for CrossFit will work well for HIIT. I recommend the Nike Metcon 5 or Reebok Nano 9 Cross Trainer for HIIT.
The best workout shoes for you are the ones that take both your sport and your feet into consideration.
Do your homework and be mindful of how your current training shoes make your feet feel and notice how they affect performance.
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