The 13 Best Cross-Training Shoes, Named By Trainers 2022

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If you love to sweat, chances are you have a favorite child. Maybe running is what makes you feel the most alive, or you wish you could spend every day in the boxing ring. Whichever exercise you consider your favorite, you probably also know (considering you’re here, after all) that cross-training is essential to prevent injuries and make sure you can continue with that training in the future. And if you’re looking to start bolstering your daily workout with add-ons like high-intensity interval training (HIIT) or strength training, you’ll need one (or more) of a trainer-recommended cross-training shoe. everybody time.

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Having the right footwear not only keeps your feet comfortable, it can even take your training to the next level; you just need to know what to pay attention to.

But first: what it is cross training, exactly? The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons defines cross training as “a way to vary your fitness program by combining different types of exercise activities.” Basically, you can think of it as sports insurance that ensures you are working each part of your body, so that no part suffers from overuse. (For example, if tennis is your thing, you risk overusing your elbows and shoulders.)

“Choosing an exercise routine to complement your main choice of physical activity is vital and can make you much happier than random training cycles.” Joseph Duncan Jr., a Crunch Gym trainer, previously told Well+Good. Not to mention, you may find that there are multiple styles of movement that you enjoy beyond the one you originally fell in love with.

If you’re ready to start varying your exercise regimen, you have options: You can include a few strength training days a week, do a HIIT workout, or sign up for a cardio dance class. Whatever you choose, have fun and make sure you have the right pair of shoes! We’ve got trainers, including Pilates instructors, powerlifting fanatics, and running trainers, naming their cross-training shoes below.

Shop the best cross-training shoes for women

Asics Gel Kayano 28 — $120.00

“The Asics Gel Kayano 28 has just the right amount of cushioning and support for all jumping and cardio, but I can still feel my feet on the ground for our low-impact Sculpt classes,” says Natalie Vatalaro, Director of Training at DanceBody. —a dance-based training studio. “A perfect mix for every type of training!”

These Asics come preloaded with a mesh upper to keep your feet cool, as well as a Dynamic DuoMax support system to keep you feeling stable and supported.

Available sizes: US Women 5 to 13

Nike Free Metcon 4 Training Shoes — $120.00

“I like that the soles are flat so you feel stable and grounded as you lift, but also have enough cushioning underfoot to soften landings during high-impact movements,” says Jordan Galloway, editor of Well+Good and Good Day Pilates instructor.

The Nike Free Sole is made with flex grooves in the sole that mimic the natural movement of your foot and a removable cushioned insole that will allow you to insert your own custom orthotics.

Available sizes: 5 to 12

Reebok Nano X2 Women’s Training Shoe — $135.00

Maillard Howell, a CrossFit trainer and director of fitness for Reebok, recommends the Reebok Nano X2s for lifting heavy weights. “[They have a] super stable sole and heel for my lifting movements, but the toe box isn’t wide like most cross-training shoes, and these have the flexibility of running shoes in the forefoot,” he says.

Put these on and you’ll find that the Floatride cushion in the front foot gives you energy with every step. Meanwhile, the Flexweave upper keeps your foot secure no matter how many jump squats and lunges you have scheduled for today.

Available sizes: US Women 6 to 11

On Running Cloud X — $140.00

“I’m a runner, a professional trainer, a fitness instructor, and a die-hard gym rat. I need a shoe that allows me to easily move from the streets, to the treadmill, to the strength floor, and straight into a studio class without missing a step,” says Schwinn trainer Jason Schneider. And these are everything.

These lightweight shoes are made for multifaceted workouts and feature a mesh upper designed with a knit pattern that’s breathable, durable and easy to move in.

Available sizes: US Women 7 to 14

Saucony Women’s Ride ISO 2

“Ankle support comes first for me when it comes to an elliptical, so I actually look for a running shoe with stability,” says Equinox twist and strength training instructor Clayton Buckaloo. “I have had three pairs and I have loved them. I need to be able to transition from agility training to resistance training in one training session. The most important piece of my cross-training shoe is my Aline insoles, which are performance insoles with suspension zones originally designed for x-game athletes and raise the bar of any cross-training shoe selection.”

If you’re someone who supinates, meaning your ankle doesn’t rotate inward too much when you push off the ground or land, the enhanced healing grip on this shoe will help keep your form intact. The PWRFOAM midsole also absorbs the shock of your movement, protecting your joints.

Available sizes: US Women 5 to 12

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 — $160.00

“Ultimately, a good elliptical should be comfortable, supportive, flexible, and effective,” says Pamela Trujillo, NASM, SLT Tread trainer. “The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus features a midfoot band that integrates Nike’s Flywire technology, which keeps the foot securely in place. They are also extremely breathable and lightweight, as well as comfortable and flexible, with a thick, durable outsole that provides excellent traction.” Best of all: these are also great running shoes, so you don’t have to buy multiple pairs of running shoes if you don’t want to.

This shoe is equipped with Flywire technology in the midfoot to keep your feet in place and the mesh upper promotes breathability.

Available Size: US Women 5 to 12

Asics Gel Nimbus 24 — $160.00

“I love these shoes because they provide enough support for intense cardio and jumping, but they’re not as bulky as other shoes,” says Emily Sindoni, DanceBody training manager. “I want to feel like I’m walking on air, but I don’t want to feel like I’m wearing Moon Shoes all day! This shoe is light enough for fast, graceful footwork and allows me to feel the ground and connect to myself for balance and sculpting work.”

FLYTEFOAM cushioning provides shock absorption and reflective details to keep you safe during early morning or late night training sessions.

Sindoni recommends larger sizes for a perfect fit.

Available sizes: US Women 5 to 13

In high intensity interval training? Try the best shoes for HIIT according to your size

Adidas Dropset Sneakers — $78.00

This simple pair of sneakers from Adidas is on sale and comes with high traction soles to prevent slipping and sliding during your HIIT workouts. Made with 50% recyclable materials, this eco-friendly shoe has high traction and a flexible upper that stretches over the foot for a comfortable fit.

This shoe has a ton of five-star reviews to back it up, all saying they fit true to size. Win, win.

Available sizes: US Women 5 to 11

Nike Air Zoom SuperRep 2 Women’s Training Shoe — $120.00

The Nike Air Zoom Super Reps are my favorite for HIIT workouts,” says Bridget O’Carroll, founder of on-demand Pilates training studio Qila. “They are super cushioned and supportive, perfect for absorbing impact. They also have a pretty unique sole that offers a lot of stability, which is especially helpful for someone with past ankle injuries.” The mesh ribbing on the upper of this shoe keeps your foot in place as you move, and the rubber outsole provides plenty of traction no matter what surface you’re training on.

Available sizes: US Women 5 to 11

Lululemon Chargefeel Mid Women’s Training Shoe — $148.00

Total transparency: I am No a fitness trainer, but Lululemon’s newly released cross trainer is my new favorite shoe to rock in HIIT class. As someone with sensitive ankles, I am constantly concerned about lateral movements (like side lunges) affecting my body. The soft knit turtleneck is made from engineered mesh and these sneakers make every rep feel confident. Plus, the dual-density midsole features a springy feel that really, well, charges your workouts

Available sizes: US Women 5 to 11

APL Techloom Breeze Sneaker — $220.00

While I couldn’t get in touch with Obé’s physical trainer, Dorian Cervantes, I’ve taken enough classes to know that he always wears this white APL sneaker-like sneaker. The slim silhouette of these shoes keeps you low to the ground, they have a textile upper for breathability and they feature a lace-up front, so you never have to tie your shoes again.

Available sizes: US Women 5 to 10

Saysh One Sneaker — $150.00

Designed by track star Allyson Felix, these shoes are one of a kind. If you’re expecting, Saysh One’s impressive maternity return policy will allow you to exchange your pair for a new size if they run small. That means you can continue to exceed all of your cross-training goals throughout your pregnancy… without having to buy a new pair of sneakers every few months.

As for the design of these shoes, you’ll enjoy a soft, breathable microsuede upper that’s soft to the touch and a molded heel that molds to the unique shape of your meal.

Available sizes: US Women 5.5 to 11

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