When you're in the market for a new workout sneaker, there are obviously a lot of factors that come into play, including whether they'd look good in a gym selfie and if they're within your budget. But the question that should really matter in your quest is, will this shoe be functional and comfortable for the types of workouts you typically do?
Wearing the wrong type of shoe for a workout is kind of like trying to eat soup with a fork — not very productive and potentially dangerous. Your feet are the basis of your movements, so you need appropriate support for specific activities. The right shoes can help you maintain your form as you exercise, make your workouts feel good, and even prevent injuries.
Your best bet is to go to a store to try on different types of shoes and see how they feel, but sometimes shopping online is the more convenient option. If you're not sure where to start, here are the best workout sneakers, for every type of workout.
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Though there's a lot of cushion on these Saucony running shoes, they're very lightweight and responsive or springy. If you're preparing for your first race and in need of a comfortable neutral shoe that will get you through training, these are a wise choice.
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Beloved by CrossFitters, the Reebok CrossFit Nano 8 has a grippy yet flexible sole that keeps you grounded. This isn't a shoe that you'd want to run in, but you could pull off short distances on a treadmill or during a CrossFit workout.
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The wide base and almost grippy rubber bottom of the Nike Metcon makes it a very stable shoe. When you're doing lifts or plyometric drills, that low-to-the-floor feeling will come in handy.
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APL sneakers are highly Instagrammable; they come in dozens of trendy colors and are a Kris Jenner fave. While they're cool looking, they're not necessarily ideal for tough outdoor runs. But the APL Techloom Pro are great for studio workout classes like bootcamps.
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For running-heavy classes like Barry's Bootcamp or Orangetheory Fitness, consider this Brooks running shoe. The sole is cushioned but "energized," meaning you can be quick on your feet through plyometric exercises. Though it might be a little too springy for lifting heavy weights.
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People say the sole of these On Running shoes feels like clouds. The laces also tuck away so you won't trip.