Best Training Shoes

If you only had $100 to spend on fitness gear, we recommend you get good training shoes before anything else.

Why?

Think about it. Unless you’re a swimmer, you spend most of your training time on your feet.

Walking. Jogging. Running. Sprinting. Jumping. Lunging. Squatting. Lifting weights.

The list goes on but you get the point.

Your feet are the point where the force produced by your muscles transform into speed, power or just plain movement.

You simply can’t fail here. 

Fortunately, when looking for training shoes these days,  we have a wider choice than ever. Major sports companies release new shoes every season. The footwear gets more durable, comfortable and technologically advanced.

Our objective is to “just” find the ones that:

a) suit our needs

b) fit our fitness profile

c) give us the most value for money

 

Let’s focus on the three main training shoes categories.

CrossFit shoes / Cross Training shoes

Established brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Reebok are being challenged by relatively new players in the space, such as Under Armour or Inov-8. The competition centers on shoes that can give outstanding performance, reliability and durability.

With the rise in popularity of CrossFit training, Reebok shoes are taking center stage in this grueling competition but Nike is also pushing hard and gaining ground.

Our top3 in this category would be:

  1. Reebok CrossFit Speed TR 2.0
  2. Reebok CrossFit Nano 6.0 (yes, we prefer them to Nano 7)
  3. Nike Metcon 3

Running shoes

Running shoes are specifically designed for going long. They offer cushioning systems, climate control features, stability features and materials designed to absorb the pounding of increased mileage.

Anyone running more than a few miles at a time, especially on hard outdoor surfaces, should purchase a running shoe. Another type of shoe, the performance shoe is a light weight, low cushioned shoe, made specifically for racing.

Our top3 picks for well-cushioned road running shoes are:

  1. Adidas UltraBoost
  2. Nike Pegasus 34
  3. Asics DynaFlyte

Weightlifting shoes

The question that we get asked A LOT is “do I need weightlifting shoes”.

And the answer is quite simple really: if you regularly include olympic lifting (clean & jerk and snatch) in your training routine, then YES.

The weightlifitng shoes will help you generate more force, will keep you stable on the ground and will help with your catching position. All of which directly translates into:

  • more weight you can lift
  • more weight you can lift with limited injury risk

Which ones to choose then? Our votes go to:

  1. Adidas AdiPower
  2. Reebok Legacy Lifter
  3. Nike Romaleos 3

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