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Looking to elevate your workout game? Look no further! We've compiled a comprehensive guide to the best training shoes for men, ensuring you'll find the perfect fit for your fitness needs. From the versatile Nike Metcon 8 to the minimalist NOBULL Trainer, we've got you covered. Whether you're hitting the gym, pounding the pavement, or smashing weights in the weightlifting room, we've handpicked the top options to optimize your performance. Say goodbye to uncomfortable workouts and hello to your new best gym shoes!

Best Overall Gym Shoes for Men: Nike Metcon 8

Ideal for: Individuals in need of a reliable cross-training shoe with ample customization options

Best Overall

How Your Gym Shoes Should Fit

Unlike the process of purchasing your favorite pair of sneakers, it is important for your gym shoes to fit snugly and be prepared for performance. While it is common practice to leave some space in the toe box for other types of sneakers, allowing your feet to spread out, this approach is not suitable for training shoes. It is essential for your training shoes to provide support to your feet during one-sided movements. Therefore, a snug and secure fit is crucial.


Opinions on cushioning can vary significantly. Runners who prioritize speed may prefer a firmer shoe that allows them to feel the ground. Others prefer a plush shoe that absorbs the impact forces. In the past, sacrificing some cushioning was necessary to find a lightweight shoe that could shave off a few seconds from your finish time. However, thanks to advancements in foam technology, this is no longer the case. The Skechers GOrun MaxRoad 5, one of the most cushioned shoes we have tested, weighs only 8.7 ounces for a men's size 9. This is particularly beneficial for long-distance runs as the additional cushioning can alleviate discomfort in fatigued feet and joints.

How to Choose the Best Cross Training Shoes

When searching for cross training shoes, it is important to consider two main factors: the shape and size of your feet, and the types of activities for which you will be wearing the shoes most frequently.

If your feet are wider than average, it is advisable to select cross training shoes that either come in wide sizes or offer more room throughout the midsole and toe box. Depending on your regular activities, you might even want to consider cross training shoes with a "wide toe box." For individuals with flat feet or a lack of a natural arch, a shoe with motion control is recommended.

While cross training shoes are designed to be suitable for a variety of exercise regimens, it is still crucial to consider the types of workouts you engage in most frequently. If you are more inclined to go for runs or participate in high-intensity interval training (HIIT) rather than lifting heavy dumbbells, it is advisable to choose cross training shoes with ample midsole and lateral support, along with a higher heel-to-toe drop. On the other hand, if you primarily focus on weightlifting, selecting a shoe with a low or zero drop and minimal cushioning is advisable as it allows for proper grounding of the foot. For outdoor workouts, it is recommended to opt for cross training shoes with appropriate traction on the outsole.

The Top Cross Training Shoes

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(Image credit: Future/Tom's Guide)The Nike Metcon 7 is specifically engineered for cross-training. It combines the necessary stability for weightlifting with the required support for treadmill workouts. This shoe is designed with versatile performance in mind and it delivers exceptional results. 

Nike proudly presents the Metcon 7 as the "Gold Standard for weight training," and after wearing them for a deadlift session, I understand why. Typically, cross training shoes lack the necessary firmness for heavy resistance training. However, the widened, flattened heel base and reinforced inner plate of the Metcon 7 evenly distribute weight, providing decent stability during strength training sets. Additionally, the shoe's relatively low drop enhances lower body stability. 

This doesn't mean that the Metcon 7 neglects cushioning for high-impact activities like high-intensity interval training (HIIT) or sprinting. Nike introduced their "React" foam to the shoe's midsole for a more responsive feel. My sensitive feet and ankles felt appropriately supported and comfortable during squat jumps, burpees, and Fartlek rounds. The addition of a velcro tab at the top of the tongue ensures that you won't have to pause your cardio sessions to retie your laces. 

If your workouts involve rope climbs, the Metcon 7's thick, rubberized arch wrap provides enhanced traction. As for me, I'll have to rely on Nike's claims since I haven't mustered the courage to attempt a rope climb yet. 

Overall, the Metcon 7 is suitable for nearly any workout. However, it is a heavy shoe with relatively less cushioning. After running about a mile in them, my feet felt sore. For longer distances, it's advisable to switch to one of the top-rated running shoes. 

Bottom Line: The Nike Metcon 7 is an incredibly versatile shoe that is suitable for various activities both inside and outside of the gym.

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(Image credit: Future/Tom's Guide)While most cross training shoes are designed with men in mind, Ryka has introduced the Devotion XT, specifically crafted to fit the unique shape of a woman's foot.

Before trying out the Devotion XT, I didn't realize how much regular sneakers tend to slip on my heel. Thankfully, the Devotion XT's narrower heel, broadened toe, and extra arch and heel support provided a secure fit without causing any discomfort. 

Apart from their excellent fit, the Ryka Devotion XT is one of the most comfortable shoes I've worn. Walking on gym floors felt like stepping on cushions, and taking a walk in them felt like strolling on fluffy clouds. While this level of comfort is commendable, it can also be a drawback (which I'll explain in a moment). 

Unlike other cross training shoes, the Devotion XT has an incredibly flexible midsole, resembling a dance sneaker. Combined with a "pivot point" under the ball of the foot, it's the perfect choice for cardio dance classes. 

However, the Devotion XT is not recommended for heavy lifting. The abundant cushioning compromises foot stability under heavy loads. It is possible to use them for HIIT circuits or light resistance training, but there are other shoes on our list with superior traction. 

Bottom Line: The Ryka Devotion XT is specifically designed for women's feet and provides exceptional comfort and support.

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(Image credit: Future/Tom's Guide)When it comes to masculine cross training shoes, there are plenty of options available. However, the NOBULL Trainer stands out due to its design aspects that cater to a man's foot.

The Trainer features a wider and less tapered outsole, providing greater stability and grip. This is especially useful for heavy loads, where a solid base and good grounding are necessary. 

The wider outsole also offers more room for wider and larger feet. Though I personally found the Trainer's silhouette slightly bigger than my liking, a male colleague with a larger foot claimed these shoes fit him better than any other cross training shoe. 

The Trainer's outsole has a deep herringbone tread pattern that transitions seamlessly for outdoor workouts. I tested them for functional training in the backyard and was pleasantly surprised by the enhanced traction on soil. The herringbone tread also extends along the inner midsole, making them ideal for rope climbs. Additionally, the durable one-piece upper mesh construction ensures durability in all weather conditions. 

While the Trainer is undeniably stable, it is also heavy. It felt more like a hiking boot than a running or HIIT shoe. Moreover, despite a cushioned midsole, it lacks sufficient arch support. After wearing them for an hour, my flat feet felt quite uncomfortable. 

Bottom Line: The NOBULL Trainer offers great stability and performance for male athletes. 

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(Image credit: Future/Tom's Guide)When it comes to training shoes, quality is crucial. However, finding a good pair can often come with a hefty price tag. That's where the UA HOVR Rise 3 comes in - an affordable option that doesn't compromise on quality.

Considering the relatively affordable price, I was pleasantly surprised by the HOVR Rise 3's performance. The breathable and durable upper mesh, coupled with the supportive "UA HOVR" cushioning in the outsole, made them comfortable yet firm. The Rise 3's midsole felt significantly firmer than other shoes on our list, making them suitable for moderately heavy resistance circuits. 

These shoes are also well-suited for HIIT and short runs, thanks to their excellent cushioning. It's rare for me to find a shoe that provides stability and support without being specifically designed for overpronation (which I don't require). The HOVR Rise 3's proved their worth during intense HIIT tabatas and a quick mile run, leaving me pain-free the next day. The only minor flaw I noticed is the slightly thick outsole, which caused occasional contact with the opposing foot. 

The HOVR Rise 3 boasts a "UA TriBase" design that maximizes ground contact and flexibility during lifts. I could feel the difference compared to other cushioned shoes on our list, particularly during barbell squats and deadlifts. However, I would not recommend wearing them for heavy lifting, as the excessive padding compromises stability.  

Bottom Line: The UA HOVR Rise 3 offers quality, support, and affordability for a well-rounded cross training shoe.

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(Image credit: Future/Toms Guide)Choosing a cross training shoe that meets the demands of all your athletic endeavors is like finding a single outfit suitable for yard work, a casual brunch, and a black-tie wedding. Fortunately, the Hylete Circuit II is here to solve that problem - a versatile shoe that can be worn for weightlifting to a 5K run.

How is this possible? The Circuit II comes with three insoles with different drop lengths (0mm, 4mm, and 6mm). These insoles provide varying levels of support, stability, and cushioning. It's an ingenious feature that I believe should be more widely adopted. Combining these drop options with the Vibram outsole, which offers increased traction, the Circuit II becomes a shoe for all occasions. 

Wearing the Hylete Circuit II, I was able to lift heavy, go for a short run, and complete a few light resistance training sets without changing shoes. The 0mm drop provided good proprioception and foot awareness during heavy barbell squats, while the 4mm drop offered the perfect balance of support and comfort for lower body exercises. The 6mm drop provided excellent cushioning for a quick 2-mile run. Swapping the insoles was hassle-free, and they remained securely in place during each activity. 

The Circuit II features a non-tapered toe box that provides a comfortable and natural foot position. Though not as wide as the Altra Solstice XT 2, the Circuit II's additional lateral space improved stability during heavy lifts. However, the toe box could feel a bit cramped during runs. Ordering half a size larger should solve this issue. 

The downside I noticed during my run was that the 6mm insole, despite being designed for high-impact activities, lacked sufficient cushioning compared to shoes like the On Cloud X or the Brooks Adrenaline. Some may view this as a positive, but my feet would disagree due to the resulting soreness. 

Bottom Line: The Hylete Circuit II is a versatile shoe, with interchangeable insoles suitable for a wide range of sports and activities.

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(Image credit: Future/Tom's Guide)Having flat feet comes with its drawbacks, but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 provides the necessary support and stability for athletes with this condition.

As a chronic overpronator, I've struggled to find a shoe that offers enough arch support and stability. However, I've always been a fan of the Brooks Adrenaline, and with each new model, they continue to improve. The "GuideRails" technology and ample cushioning limit excessive motion in the foot and ankle while promoting a natural stride. 

The stability offered by the Adrenaline GTS 22 is not only beneficial for running but also for various athletic activities like HIIT, light resistance training, and walking. These shoes provided exceptional support during impact exercises, longer runs, and slower resistance circuits. Additionally, they are endorsed by the American Podiatry Medical Association. 

The downside of a stability shoe like the Adrenaline GTS 22 is its weight. All the cushioning and support add to its overall heaviness. However, compared to the Nano X2 or the Trainer, the Adrenalines don't feel excessively heavy. Despite this, I would not recommend them for heavy lifting due to the thick outsole, high drop, and significant toe spring, which compromise stability. 

Bottom Line: The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 is an excellent option for runners and HIIT enthusiasts with flat feet, offering ample support and stability. 

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(Image credit: Future/Tom's Guide)When it comes to HIIT, the On Cloud X is your perfect partner. These incredibly lightweight and supportive shoes stabilize your foot and ankle during intense workouts like burpees and squat jumps. 

HIIT has gained popularity for improving cardiovascular endurance and overall health. However, the quick and explosive nature of HIIT exercises requires the right footwear. The On Cloud X's Helion superfoam outsole provides optimal shock absorption, coupled with sufficient cushioning in the midsole and heel. After a tabata full of jumps and butt kicks, my usually troublesome ankles and knees felt pain-free in these shoes. 

Cushioning is essential in a shoe designed for HIIT, but so is weight. You don't want to feel like you're dragging concrete blocks during high knees. Fortunately, the On Cloud X is constructed using lightweight and flexible materials, including a breathable, no-sew upper mesh that conforms to your foot's shape. These shoes provided instant comfort and weightlessness right from the start. 

Thanks to the high sidewalls and low drop of the On Cloud X, I felt more stable during lateral movements. I was able to enhance my speed and agility while performing skaters, knowing that my ankles were well-supported. 

Unfortunately, the On Cloud X only comes in a standard width, so individuals with wider feet may face difficulty. Additionally, like most shoes designed for high-impact activities, the excessive cushioning hinders stable foot grounding during heavy lifts. Therefore, it's best to switch to other shoes for powerlifting sessions. 

Bottom Line: The On Cloud X is an exceptional lightweight shoe with excellent support, making it the perfect option for HIIT workouts. 

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(Image credit: Future/Tom's Guide)Some powerlifters swear by Converse Chuck Taylors, while others prefer lifting without shoes. The Vivobarefoot Primus Lite III offers a middle ground, providing foot protection without sacrificing a natural connection to the floor.

Slipping on the Primus Lite III felt akin to wearing old-school water shoes. The incredibly lightweight and flexible rubber outsole, combined with the thin mesh upper, instantly molded to my feet. The wide toe box and zero drop design emphasized the shoe's "barefoot" feel. 

This barefoot feel is what makes the Primus Lite III perfect for heavy lifting. The minimal cushioning compared to other cross training shoes allows for full grounding of every part of your foot, from the toes to the heels. This leads to enhanced stability and proprioception, which are crucial for maximum strength. Furthermore, wearing the Primus Lite III eliminates any concerns about socks touching unsanitary gym floors.

Vivobarefoot prioritizes sustainability and uses recycled materials in their footwear. The Primus Lite III is no exception and can be returned through their "Revivo" program for refurbishment or recycling once worn out.

Despite the Primus Lite III being a minimalist shoe, its price is relatively high compared to others on our list. Additionally, while some claim these shoes can be worn for any activity, I wouldn't recommend them for running or high-impact exercises without proper training. 

Bottom Line: The Vivobarefoot Primus Lite III offers maximum stability and floor contact, making it an exceptional choice for weightlifting.

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(Image credit: Future/Tom's Guide)Finding a cross training shoe that fits wide feet can be quite a challenge. Many popular brands only offer standard widths and forget that wide shoes can also be stylish. That's where the Reebok Nano X2 excels, providing a roomy fit without compromising on aesthetics. 

The Reebok Nano X2 features a toe box and heel that are larger than average, allowing ample space for wider feet. Having a bunion, I often struggle with most shoes, but the Nano X2s didn't cause any painful pressure. I was able to perform lunges, squats, and deadlifts without experiencing discomfort in the balls of my feet.

However, while the toe box is roomy, the heel of the Nano X2 felt slightly big, resulting in slippage during walking, running, and lunging. If you have a narrow or average foot but love the idea of a spacious toe box, consider purchasing the Nano X2s at least a half-size smaller than your usual size.

In terms of versatility, the Reebok Nano X2 delivers. Its "Floatride" energy foam cushioning enables high-impact activities, while still offering foot stability for light-to-moderate resistance training. The "ROPEPRO" teeth patterning on the outsole ensures traction for rope climbs. Moreover, the Nano X2's design and color options allow for stylish pairing with high-performance leggings or jeans. 

With nearly 12 ounces, the Nano X2s are not the lightest shoes available. Therefore, they might not be the best running companions. However, for a wide variety of activities, the Reebok Nano X2 is a technically-advanced option for athletes with wider feet. 

Topo Athletic Specter



  • More flexible than most plated racing shoes
  • Bouncy, max-cushioned ride maintains good stability
  • Wide toebox and lower drop allow for natural foot movement


  • Not as fast as carbon fiber-plated shoes
  • Some testers disliked the generous toebox for racing

Topo Athletic has given its own unique twist to the current trend of "super shoes" with the creation of the Specter. Unlike most plated racing shoes, the Specter is more flexible and offers a bouncy, max-cushioned ride while still maintaining excellent stability. It features a wide toebox and lower drop, allowing for natural movement of the foot. Some testers found that the Specter was not as fast as carbon fiber-plated shoes, and a few disliked the generous toebox for racing. However, overall, the Specter provides a comfortable and stable running experience that is well-suited for long runs and offers adequate cushioning. For a full review, click here.

Reebok Nano X3


$140 / £130,

Fit: 5/5Comfort: 5/5Performance: 4.5/5OVERALL: 5/5

Material: Flexweave™ knit upper / Floatride Energy Foam™ midsole / Glow in the dark rubber outsole | Weight: 306g | Colours: Six colour schemes | Sizes: 4 to 13

The Reebok Nano X3 is a versatile gym shoe that excels in various training activities. With excellent lateral support, good grip, and traction from the rubber outsole, it can handle multiple movements and heavy lifting, making it perfect for cross-training. The shoe also features a springy heel and a breathable upper material to keep feet from getting too hot and sweaty. Its attractive design and choice of color schemes make it suitable for wearing outside the gym as well. For a full review, click here.

Hoka Mach 5

Mach 5


  • New Profly midsole is plush and more responsive
  • Lighter than than Mach 4


  • Little traction in wet and wintry conditions

The Hoka Mach 5 is a cushioned road shoe that provides a light and explosive feel similar to a race shoe. It offers excellent stability for long training runs while still being sturdy enough. The shoe features a new Profly midsole that is plush and more responsive than the Mach 4. It is lighter in weight and offers a comfortable fit. However, it may not provide sufficient traction in wet and wintry conditions. Overall, the Mach 5 is a versatile shoe that performs well in interval track workouts, weekend long runs, and recovery jogs. For a full review, click here.

Best Minimalist Gym Shoes for Men: NOBULL Trainer

Good for: Those looking for a simple design in their gym shoes

Best Minimal Shoes

Best Gym Shoes for CrossFit and HIIT

Reebok Nano X2

We’ve been big fans of Reebok’s Nano lineup for quite some time, and the latest Nano X2 carries the torch well. The more defined heel clip helps provide plenty of support for intense training in the box. The lightweight Floatride Energy Foam provided a nice ride through weighted exercises as well. The Nano X2 is not an all-around all-star, however. The stiff sole, while great for HIIT training, left a little to be desired in agility or running exercises.

Editor’s Note: If you fancy taking your WODs into the wild, consider opting for the impressive Nano X2 Adventure silhouette, boasting outdoor-ready features like a reimagined outsole and durable, nylon ripstop upper.

Nobull Trainer

Nobull sneakers have cut a worthwhile lane in the CrossFit community, offering up plenty of performance and style with each available silhouette. For our needs, though, we often lean toward the Trainer lineup, boasting a more traction-ready outsole and improved comfort over the brand’s flagship stable. If you want more ankle support and coverage, Nobull also recently expanded the Trainer collection to include high-top silhouettes, which we’ve found are exceptional for static lifts. While the subdued, minimalist profile might not be for everyone, these kicks make grabbing fitness by the horns much easier — and better looking, in our opinion.

Inov8 F-Lite G 300

If durability is a top concern for you, the F-Lite G 300s should definitely be on your radar. These lightweight gym shoes come in at just 300 grams and are constructed using one of the world’s strongest materials, Graphene. A resilient knit upper is breathable for comfort but can still withstand normal training wear and tear without flinching. Extended Rope-Tec protection along the midfoot improves grip for climbs, as well, which made them an easy favorite for rope climbs in our list of the best CrossFit shoes.

Best Gym Shoes for Weightlifting

Do-Win Weightlifting Shoes

You may not be familiar with Do-Win, but if you favor Olympic lifts and have wide feet, it’s time to get acquainted. These shoes feature a 0.75-inch hard plastic heel — the optimal height for Olympic lifting — and the brand is notable for its width, intended to improve comfort and stability. The leather and mesh upper provides a nice mix of durability and breathability, too, while the double metatarsal strapping system creates a secure lockdown fit ready to crush those PRs.


Lifting clogs are intended to provide the perfect amount of heel lift and stability for pushing and pulling major weight, but the lockdown fit can sometimes limit natural toe splaying. Thankfully, however, TYR’s other all-new silhouette gives your digits plenty of space within the toe box, allowing you to create that perfect stance for pushing toward higher PRs. We also really like the traction provided by the impressive outsole, and the clean aesthetics are a nice touch to any serious lifter’s silhouette.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High Top Sneaker

Yup, you read that right. Despite its persona as a go-to street shoe, the Converse Chuck Taylor is still one of the best weightlifting shoes you can lace up. Chucks are cheap, provide a flat sole, and are durable enough to withstand plenty of static lifts. While the lack of an elevated heel can be a negative on some movements, if you’re just getting into weightlifting and testing how your shoes play into the equation, Chuck Taylors are an easy entry point.

Under Armour TriBase Reign 5


$120 / £130,

Fit: 4/5Comfort: 4/5Performance: 4.5/5OVERALL: 4.5/5

Materials: Mesh upper / Micro G™ foam midsole / UA TriBase™ outsole | Weight: 297g | Colours: 7 colours available | Sizes: 6-14

The Under Armour TriBase Reign 5 is a solid and versatile trainer that provides stability during various cardio and weight exercises. With a durable base, a sock-like wrap-around upper, and a thick, blocky midsole, it offers plenty of support. The shoe is highly breathable, thanks to its layered mesh material, preventing feet from becoming overly sweaty during intense workouts. Designed to maximize ground contact and promote natural motion, the Reign 5 offers a good balance of stability and movement. It also features a strong rubber build under the toe box for a solid base and powerful floor grip, making it well-suited for weightlifting and mixed workouts. If you incorporate heavier weights into your aerobic work, this shoe may be the ideal choice for you. For a full review, click here.

Reebok Legacy Lifter 3


$220 / £160,

Fit: 4/5Comfort: 3/5Performance: 4.5/5OVERALL: 4/5

Material: Textile upper / TPU heel clip / rubber outsole / midfoot strap | Weight: 575g | Colours: 6 colours available | Sizes: 7-14

The Reebok Legacy Lifter 3 is a dedicated weightlifting shoe that offers excellent stability and a locked-in feel to keep you grounded during heavy lifts. It may not be the most comfortable shoe for walking between workout stations due to its thick and heavy feel, but that is a common sacrifice made with specialized weightlifting trainers. The Legacy Lifter 3 is particularly suitable for heavy lifting and provides a solid option for those looking to elevate their weightlifting game. For a full review, click here.

Best Gym Shoes for Status

Athletic Propulsion Labs McLaren HySpeed

If you can’t afford a supercar, these all-new sneakers from APL are a fantastic compromise. With McLaren-inspired notes throughout the profile, these kicks can take any gym wardrobe from lacking to luxe in one fell swoop. While we like the midsole for its cushioning and energy return, the geometry doesn’t lend itself to every exercise. In the same sense that you save your supercar for nice driving weather, it’s best to save these kicks for running or accessory work — no squats or deadlifts in these bad boys.

Reebok Nano X2 Froning

If you want to take your workouts to the next level, why not train in a pair of sneakers designed by one of CrossFit’s most decorated athletes? The Nano X2 Fronings are some of our favorite gym shoes not just for the Froning co-sign, but also their performance across a multitude of modalities. At just 10.4 ounces, it's the lightest shoe in the Nano X2 stable, ideal for cardio-heavy circuits. We do suggest wearing grippy socks when training in these race car-inspired sneakers, though. You can experience some heel slippage with the lightweight collar.

Adidas Ultraboost 22

These sneakers put the “athlete” in “athleisure.” With a lighter profile than the previous UB 21s and a revised Strobel lasting underneath the insole for improved comfort, the Ultraboost 22s are just as comfortable in a weeknight training session as they are at a weekend get-together. The BOOST midsole is energetic enough to power your workouts, and the plethora of colorways ensures you’ll be able to find the right pair for any stylish fitness fit.

Best Budget Gym Shoes for Men: Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars

Good for: Anyone wanting a solid minimal shoe for deadlifts at a low price

Best Budget Gym Shoe

Best Tennis Shoes For Men: Altra Solstice XT 2

Good for: Anyone wanting a good tennis shoe for inside and outside of the gym

Best Tennis Shoes

Best Outdoor Gym Shoes for Men: Asics Gel-Venture 8

Good for: Those wanting a budget-friendly shoe with good tread to use on trails and hikes

Best Outdoor Gym Shoes

Asics Gel-Kayano 29


$160 / £175,

Fit: 4/5Comfort: 4/5Performance: 4.5/5OVERALL: 4/5

Material: Stretch knit upper / FF BLAST PLUS midsole / AHARPLUS outsole | Weight: 299g | Colours: 10 colour schemes | Sizes: 5 to 15

The Asics Gel-Kayano 29 is a sturdy and highly supportive shoe designed for running. It offers impressive features such as FF BLAST PLUS cushioning, LITETRUSS midsole stabilization, and AHARPLUS heel plugs, which contribute to stability during lateral and forward motion. The foamy midsole provides excellent shock absorption, making it suitable for running on treadmills. The shoe also boasts a cushioned tongue, thick padding around the ankle, and a comfortable sock liner. Additionally, over 50% of the shoe's main stretch-knit uppers are made from recycled materials, demonstrating a commitment to sustainability. For a full review, click here.

Pick up the pace with the best running shoes

New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080 v12


$159.99 / £160,

Fit: 4.5/5Comfort: 5/5Performance: 4.5/5OVERALL: 5/5

Material: Hypoknit upper / Fresh Foam X midsole / blown rubber outsole | Weight: 292g | Width: Narrow / standard / wide / extra wide | Colours: Grey / orange / black / navy / blue | Sizes: 6½ to 14½

The New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080 v12 is considered the best running shoe in its range, offering a perfect balance of cushioning, stability, and flexibility. The trainer comes in five colors and four width options, and features a deep foam midsole that provides ample support. It also has an engineered 'Hypoknit' upper, which offers breathability and stretch while keeping the shoe lightweight. The shoe provides a snug fit, cushioning, and support for a smooth and stable run. For a full review, click here.

Nike Air Winflo 9

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  • Soft and secure ankle collar
  • Good outsole durability


  • Cushioning loses some responsiveness over long runs

For running performance and style for under $100, it's difficult to find a better option than the latest version of the Winflo. Despite the upgraded midsole and redesigned upper, Nike has managed to keep the price unchanged. In the v9 model, Nike made some adjustments to the shoe's Cushlon foam. While it may not be as responsive as Nike's more high-end ZoomX or React technologies, testers noted a softer ride compared to previous versions of the Winflo. Additionally, the shoe now features a larger Air unit that spans the entire length of the shoe, resulting in a smoother transition from the heel to the forefoot.

"The cushioning isn't exceptionally springy, but it strikes a perfect balance between lightness and shock absorption. When compared directly to my favorite Hoka shoes, it's a tie," said one tester who tends to have a strong heel strike. "The fit and comfort of this shoe are what make it stand out to me. Despite having a wide foot, I experienced no pressure points, there was ample space in the toebox, and the smooth collar padding provided secure ankle support."

Skechers GOrun Razor 4

GOrun Razor 4


  • New sock liner provides more arch support
  • Goodyear rubber improves outsole durability


We absolutely loved the Razor 3 and even awarded it, so Skechers didn't make any significant changes to the shoe for four years. This is quite uncommon in an industry where shoe designs are typically tweaked annually. However, the Razor 4 is now a whole new shoe. You can feel the difference as soon as you put it on. The new TPU-based Hyper Burst Pro midsole is slightly heavier but also more bouncy and durable. It provides consistent cushioning throughout your long runs and remains temperature-resistant, so it won't become harder on colder days. The Razor 4 also features a carbon-infused forefoot plate in its H-shaped construction, a technique that Skechers has been using. Unlike traditional plated shoes that have a full-length layer of carbon fiber, Skechers uses thin pieces on the edges with a band extending across the forefoot of the midsole. The shoe remains quite flexible, even more so than plated shoes, but this additional component gives the forefoot a slightly snappier feel than what TPU foam alone would provide.

Asics GlideRide 3

GlideRide 3


  • Lighter than the GlideRide 2
  • Smooth ride with excellent energy return
  • Good outsole grip and durability


  • Thick upper mesh runs a bit warm
  • Long laces

"When I think of a luxury, cushioned shoe, I always go back to my reliable picks like the Asics Nimbus or Brooks Glycerin, which are two of my all-time favorites. However, the GlideRide 3 surpasses them all. It's an absolute delight to run in," said one tester who regularly participates in 50K runs and 10-hour backyard-style challenges.

So, what sets the GlideRide apart from the rest? A large part of it is Asics' "GuideSole" design, which combines two soft foams with a highly aggressive rocker shape. The shoe also features a TPU plate inside that curves the toe upward, reminiscent of a ski slope. This geometry is similar to that of the GlideRide 2, but with the foams being softer (the material closest to the foot is now bouncy FlyteFoam Blast) and a more flexible plate. The purpose of the GuideSole is to minimize ankle motion, which has been shown to help runners adopt a more efficient stride and reduce energy expenditure. According to our testers, it works. However, it may take a few runs to adjust to the unique feel. If you prefer a more traditional ride, we recommend trying the Gel-Cumulus 24.

For a full review, click here.

New Balance Fresh Foam X 880 v12


  • Very roomy toe box
  • Soft cushioning and smooth ride


"One of my absolute favorite shoe lineups is the 880 series," said one tester. The 12th version features a two-layer midsole that makes it even softer than before, while the upper provides a comfortable fit for those with wider feet. The generous blown rubber outsole also performs well during high-volume marathon training, especially on slippery roads and sidewalks. While it may not be the lightest shoe, it's still nimble enough to handle long distances without feeling cumbersome. If you're looking for less support but more speed and responsiveness, we suggest trying the new FuelCell Rebel v3.

New Balance has also recently adjusted the durometer (firmness measurement) of the 880's Fresh Foam X cushioning, resulting in a slightly softer feel. If you regularly transition from daily runs to spending long hours on your feet, the 880 v12 is an excellent option that can keep up with both activities.

Saucony Kinvara 13

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  • More breathable upper with locked-in fit
  • Flexible toe-off and good ground connection


The 12th version of the Kinvara was a great return to form for the line. After the 11th version felt stiffer and heavier, as it exuded the vibe of a "daily trainer" with its plush tongue and thick upper, the 12th version brought the Kinvara back to its racing roots. The 13th iteration continues this trend. It is the lightest the Kinvara has ever been. Like its earlier models, it provides a snug midfoot lockdown and offers a minimalist ride for flexible toe-offs and good ground feel. The Kinvara 13 features Saucony's new blend of Pwrrun foam in the midsole, which incorporates a mix of EVA and polymers to enhance energy return. While it may not deliver the same level of performance as the Endorphin series, it still provides sufficient responsiveness for tempo runs on dry roads and speed sessions on the track.

The Best Adjustable Shoes for Cycling: Scott Road Comp Boa

Don't let your feet slip and slide in your cycling shoes when you clip into your bike. "The Scott shoe with the Boa system allows you to customize the fit to your foot, providing a secure and locked-in feel," says fitness and cycling instructor Jason Tran. "It also has a lower velcro strap, which ensures a tight and comfortable fit."

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2

ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2


  • Wider, more comfortable forefoot fit compared to the first version
  • Extremely high energy return


The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 is one of the fastest shoes available, thanks to its responsive ZoomX foam and carbon-fiber plate. This high-tech combination allows elite marathoners to maintain a sub-five-minute pace. However, the shoe is not limited to professionals. Even at slower speeds, the Vaporfly Next% 2 provides exceptional propulsion and energy, making each stride more efficient and less demanding. The Vaporweave upper has also been updated to a flexible mesh that stays comfortable even during the later stages of a race. With its comfort and durability, this shoe is also ideal for shorter distances, whether for racing purposes or casual runs. Overall, it may just be the quickest and most responsive shoe we've ever tested.

NOBULL Trainer



  • Performs well across a variety of exercises
  • Stylish look
  • Durable
  • Several height levels


  • Expensive
  • Takes a while to break in
  • 4mm heel-to-toe drop may not be suitable for some movements, such as squats

The NOBULL Trainer is a versatile and durable cross-training shoe with unique colorways.

Garage Gym Reviews' Head of Content, Kate Meier, had the opportunity to test the NOBULL Trainers, and we believe they are one of the best minimalist shoes for the gym, regardless of gender. Designed similar to a Chuck Taylor, the NOBULLs have a low heel-to-toe drop, providing a minimalistic design and feel.

The cushioning in these trainers is minimal, resulting in a flat foot feel initially. However, this lack of cushioning creates a stable base for lifting and weight training, while still allowing for flexibility during dynamic movements and some running.

"When I first put these shoes on, I wasn't sure about the feel. The bottom felt hard, and I was accustomed to weightlifting shoes. However, once I started working out in them, I really liked them. I did workouts that included running, jumping, and squat cleans, and I never felt uncomfortable in the shoes," said Kate about her experience with them.

The upper of the NOBULL Trainers features seamless SuperFabric, which may feel somewhat rigid at first but softens after a few uses. These shoes are incredibly durable. However, their minimalist design may not make them the go-to choice for running or daily wear. Among the three testers who tried the NOBULLs—Coop, Kate, and Amanda—none of them recommend the NOBULL Trainers solely for running purposes. However, if you want running shoes from the brand, NOBULL does offer options.

The NOBULL Trainers are available in numerous colorways, but Kate noted they may look a bit plain. Additionally, the price range for these shoes starts at $130, which is relatively high for a minimal design. Nevertheless, for what they are, the NOBULL Trainers are exceptional cross-trainers for individuals seeking a solid and durable minimalist shoe.

Heel-to-Toe Drop4 mm
ColorwaysOver 20 options

Best Walking Shoes for Men: Saucony Triumph 20

Saucony Triumph20 2Ideal for: Men who want comfortable walking shoes that also perform well in the gym.

Best Cross-Training Shoes for Men: TYR CXT-1 Trainer

Ideal for: Those looking for versatile gym shoes that cater to multiple modes of fitness.

Best Gym Shoes for Men for Everyday Use: Nike MC Trainer 2

Ideal for: Individuals in need of a versatile and stable shoe that can be worn throughout the day.

Best Gym Shoes for Weightlifting: Reebok Lifter PR 2

Ideal for: Those who desire lifting shoes that also function as hybrid trainers.

Best Outdoor Gym Shoes for Men: Asics Gel-Venture 8

Ideal for: Individuals seeking budget-friendly shoes with excellent traction for trail runs and hikes.

The 12 Best Running Shoes for Men

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When it comes to the design of running shoes, stability is an important factor in supporting proper running form. This typically involves achieving an optimal level of pronation (explained more in detail here). If you overpronate, which means your feet roll inward excessively, and prefer stability, there are shoes available with features to counteract that movement. These shoes may include firmer foams in specific areas of the midsole, such as a medial post, or additional material on the edge of the sole to prevent foot twisting, like the GuideRails on Brooks's Adrenaline GTS. On the other hand, if you don't overpronate, you may prefer a "neutral" shoe that doesn't have additional support features and won't interfere with your stride.

brooks adrenaline gts 20GuideRails offer a less aggressive approach to stability that even neutral runners can rely on for extra support.

Trevor Raabsaucony speed endorphinSaucony utilizes steam and pressure to fuse together pellets of PEBA-based foam, creating durable yet bouncy midsole cushioning for the Endorphin Speed.

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Running Shoes vs. Gym Shoes

If your main fitness activity is running or you spend more time on the treadmill than lifting weights, there are excellent running shoe options available that cater to your needs. We have included a few recommendations below. Similar to how different sports have specific cleats, running shoes and training shoes are designed for their respective activities.

Training shoes often feature a lower heel drop to keep your feet closer to the ground, which can enhance stability, especially during heavy weightlifting. On the other hand, running shoes are designed to provide cushioning and return energy efficiently to propel you forward as you move.

To ensure foot comfort and optimize your progress, it's ideal to have separate shoes for training and running. Additionally, having distinct footwear can help preserve your running shoes for activities that focus more on cardio, such as striving for your fastest mile.

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Best Running Gym Shoes for Men: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38Ideal for: Individuals seeking a comfortable running shoe.

Best Running Shoes

The Best Running Shoes for the Treadmill: On Running Cloudswift 3

For those who primarily run on treadmills rather than outdoor pavement, personal trainer Dan Castillo, the chief of talent and content strategy at Sole Treadmills, recommends On's Cloudswift running shoes. Although the specific Cloudswift shoes have been replaced by the Cloudswift 3 runners, the new version retains many of the qualities that Castillo appreciated about the original. These qualities include a flexible sole and bottom. According to Castillo, this sneaker is extremely lightweight, a characteristic he looks for in a traditional running shoe. He notes that it's not the ideal shoe for heavy lifting but emphasizes that it excels in various activities, from sprints to longer runs and general use in urban settings.

Best Gym Shoes for Men FAQs

What to look for when buying gym shoes?

There are several factors to consider when purchasing gym shoes, but the most crucial aspect is finding a shoe that suits your specific type of training. Generally, you'll want a shoe with a durable rubber outsole that provides good grip for running or lifting weights.

If you anticipate doing a significant amount of running, look for shoes that offer cushioning to distribute impact. Conversely, for heavy weightlifting, less cushioning is preferred, so you may need to find a balance in a cross-training shoe if you engage in both activities.

Ensure the toe box and width of the shoes are comfortable yet snug. Running shoes should have a snugger fit, while lifting shoes should have a bit more room to allow for planting the feet firmly during heavy reps.

Do shoes matter in the gym?

Absolutely, the type of shoes you wear in the gym make a difference. For heavy lifting, a shoe with a solid base and raised heel can significantly affect your performance. When it comes to running, comfort and cushioning are key to preventing blisters and ensuring a pleasant experience. If you plan on engaging in cross-training, you'll want a shoe that strikes a balance between the two. Wearing appropriate shoes in the gym can help optimize your workouts and enhance your overall fitness progress.


Caine Wilkes, OLY, USAW-L1

Caine Wilkes is an Olympian, placing 9th in weightlifting at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A former gym owner, he also has more than 15 years of experience coaching other athletes in weightlifting, CrossFit, and functional fitness.

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In conclusion, when it comes to finding the best training shoes for men, there is a wide range of options available. Whether you're looking for overall performance, minimalist design, or budget-friendly choices, there is something for everyone. With brands like Nike, Reebok, and Asics offering top-notch quality and features, you can trust that these shoes will provide the comfort, support, and durability you need for your gym sessions. So, lace up those sneakers and step into the gym with confidence, knowing that you've got the best footwear to help you reach your fitness goals.