The 9 Best Cross-Training Sneakers To Crush It At The Gym
Your workout is only as good as the shoes on your feet. That’s especially true when it comes to cross-training, which calls for all kinds of movement: front to back, side to side, up and down, you name it. If you’re going to go HAM in a HIIT or boot camp class, you need a shoe that can handle everything from box jumps and cardio machines to weight lifting.
“I think it’s important to find a shoe that provides a moderate amount of cushion and support without feeling bulky or like you're wearing clown shoes,” says Lindsey Clayton, a trainer at Barry's Bootcamp and co-founder of Brave Body Project. “My biggest pet peeve is when my foot slips inside my shoe, so a build-up on the side of the foot to keep it secure is important to me too (especially if you're doing lateral movements).”
That said, choosing any kind of workout shoe is a seriously personal decision. Make that choice a little easier by reading up on the latest and greatest cross-training shoes from solid fitness brands.
High-impact studio workouts don’t stand a chance against this shoe. You’ve got Flex-Foil layers that support lateral movement, midsole cushioning that targets pressure points for extra comfort, and an ergonomic design specifically made for women’s feet. What more could you want in a cross-trainer?
This shoe is great for lifting: There’s webbing over the forefoot to keep your foot super stable, top-notch traction on the sole to prevent slipping, and a fascia band that boosts your foot’s ligaments so you can have more power. The responsive cushioning even helps when your workout calls for quick feet.
You might think of TNF as an outdoor brand, but this shoe is all about versatile training—inside or out. Without adding extra weight, the lateral webbing and a 3D-printed panel in the middle add tons of support whether you’re moving forward and back or side to side, and a wider toebox gives you extra room to stabilize yourself.
Adidas’ Boost foam technology has been a major plus for running shoes, but it also works in high-intensity workouts—the more energy you put into the shoe, the more it gives back. Add that to a design that’s all about multidirectional movement and fits like a sock, and there’s no way you won’t feel a spring in your step while wearing these.
These may look more street-ready than gym-ready, but there’s function in all that style: The bootie construction keeps your ankles from rolling during lateral moves, and the straps add extra support across the upper.
These training shoes were made to be light and responsive enough—thanks to REVlite foam in the midsole—for you to zip around in them. But that doesn’t mean New Balance sacrificed any stability; once you slip these on, your foot will feel snug and stable thanks to the textile upper.
Designed for high-intensity workouts, Asics’ cross-training shoe has a sock-like fit that helps prevent chafing during even the sweatiest workouts. And the lace garage technology—a little pocket that tucks your laces away—keeps you from tripping over your own feet while you’re in the zone doing a HIIT workout or jump roping.
UA nailed the combo of speed and stability in these sleek cross-trainers. The construction over the forefoot keeps your foot locked in. Plus the grippy sole keeps you grounded, making these perfect for a dance cardio class or a boot camp.
Cross-trainers have loved the Nike Metcon in every iteration, and the latest version—meant for everything from sled pushes to rope climbs—only improves on the good stuff. The shoe is more durable than ever before, with a firm heel and soft forefoot area that means you’ll stay stable while lifting, but nimble while sprinting. The only drawback? It’s not the most breathable shoe.
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