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Best Cross-training Shoes

Best Cross-training Shoes

Cross-training shoes can be used for running, at the gym, and for other fitness classes as well, making them a better investment than running shoes. Of course, there are many types of cross-trainers available, and finding the right pair for your feet can be a difficult task. Here are a few tips to choose the most suitable pair for your feet...
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Did You Know?
Cross-training is used by the elite forces and commandos of many countries, including the United Kingdom Royal Marines Commandos! Cross-training refers to an exercise regimen where multiple muscle groups of the body are targeted and worked out.

Instead of focusing on a single body part, cross-training mixes many exercises to provide a full-body workout. It also helps in keeping your exercise routine from becoming too monotonous, thus helping in achieving your fitness goals.

It is very important to wear the right gear, especially shoes, while performing cross-training exercises. There are special shoes manufactured just for the purpose of cross-training, and you should opt for these while exercising.

Here are some features that are unique to cross-trainers, followed by some of the best cross-trainers in the market.

Special Features of Cross-training Shoes
There are three special features of cross-training shoes which meet the need for many sporting activities.
Multipurpose Outsoles
Wide and stable outsoles give better lateral support and stability. If your foot tends to turn or roll inwards, these shoes may help reduce this tendency.
Low Profile Midsoles
Cross-training shoes offer moderate cushioning at the heel and forefoot of the shoe, which is durable and dense. This enhances the overall stability of the shoe.
Cross-training shoes can have leather or synthetic uppers. One should opt for a secure lacing system as it helps improve lateral movement.

Best Cross-trainers to Buy
If you are thinking of buying cross-training shoes and are overwhelmed with the choices available in the market, then the following information may help you decide.

Reebok CrossFit Nano
Features at a Glance
  • IMEVA Midsole
  • Carbon Rubber Outsole
  • DuraGrip Toe Cap
  • Price: $104
One of the best shoes for any CrossFit athlete, the CrossFit Nano offers excellent stability and grounding while lifting weights. The platform and cushioning provide the best support for all kinds of endurance movements. They barely take any time to break into and are solid enough to last a long time.

Nike Lunar Edge 15
Features at a Glance
  • Lunarlon Cushioning
  • Solid Rubber Outsole
  • Flywire Technology
  • Price: $85
The shoe possesses a no-sew exoskeleton that gives ultimate breathability and lightness. Flywire technology aids in reducing the weight, and adding a better range of movements. The featured Lunarlon cushioning is 30% lighter and stronger than the older Phylon cushioning.

Under Armour Micro G® Defend
Features at a Glance
  •  4D Foam™ Footbed
  • Micro G® Midsole
  • UA HeatGear® Fabric
  •  Price: $84
Under Armour training shoes are comfortable, lightweight, stylish, and minimalist. They offer good support as well as traction, are breathable, and are comfortable on your bones and tendons too. The UA HeatGear® fabric absorbs the sweat off your feet. They are comfortable and soft, and can be worn to the gym and for training as well.

Adidas adiPure Barefoot Trainer
Features at a Glance
  • adiPURE® Tooled Midsole-Outsole
  • Anatomically Rounded Outsole
  • Stretch Textile Upper
  • Price: $69
Adidas has always made some of the most eye-catching shoes, and the adiPure Barefoot is no exception. And the shoe gives great comfort as well! It does what it's supposed to: give you that liberating barefoot feeling, while still providing great support, control, and protection.

Nike Free Haven 3.0 Shield
Features at a Glance
  • Dual-density Midsole
  • Midfoot Wrap-up
  • Nike Free™ Flex Grooves
  • Price: $99
These shoes are excellent for the gym. They feature a laser perforated skin with adaptive fit technology for the best possible fit, and enough padding around the ankles and the heel to support without constricting your movement. They also have a seamless water resistant upper to keep your feet dry.

Nike Free Trainer 3.0
Features at a Glance
  • Kurim Composite Upper
  • Nike Free Outsole
  • Sidewall Wrap-up Design
  • Price: $102
These are one of the most comfortable and lightweight shoes. They are breathable and offer good support and traction. These are best used for pavement, endurance, and strength training. They can also be used while land training for hockey. They are great even during wet and winter conditions.

Asics Gel 500TR for Men
Features at a Glance
  • Personal Heel Fit Moulds
  • ASICS GEL Front and Back
  • AHAR® Outsole
  • Price: $169
The GEL 500TR has a removable sockliner which you can easily replace with a medical orthotic. The shoe has an extremely light and flexible midsole to allow maximum comfort while moving fast. the GEL pods in the front and rear help absorb most of the impact while running.

Ryka Women's Endure XT LO
Features at a Glance
  • OrthoLite® Footbed
  • Nitracel® Cushioning Cartridge
  • EVA Midsole
  • Price: $79
Mostly meant for gym and non-primary sports, this is the top name off Ryka's XT series. They are extremely comfortable and make great shoes for Zumba. The shoe is light, breathable, and durable.

New Balance Minimus 20v2 for Women
Features at a Glance
  • Vibram® Outsole
  • Synthetic and Mesh Upper
  • ACTEVA™ LITE Midsole
  • Price: $99
These are among the best cross-training shoes for women. They are lightweight and very comfortable to wear. They provide the best support to arches and inner feet. They are also seamless on the inside to ensure zero irritation. They are best used in the gym and for cardio training.

Avia Avi-Finesse for Women
Features at a Glance
  • FOM Lite Midsole
  • Dura-Ryd® Outsole
  • Cantilever® Cushioning System
  • Price: $55
These are one of the best shoes for cardio workouts. They come with flex groves for cushioning and weight reduction at the heel that helps handle cardio workouts. The shoes provide great arch support and can also be used as everyday sneakers.

Tips For Choosing the Right Cross-trainers

Depending on how your feet are, and your preference, you can easily narrow down the shoes that interest you.

  • If you're doing much sideways movement instead of just front and back (like on a treadmill), you'll need cross-trainers that have thicker and wider soles. This helps in maintaining balance while moving sideways.
  • The uppers can either be leather (or an equivalent) or mesh. Leather gives more support to the ankles, while mesh helps your feet breathe better. So if you have sweaty feet, go with mesh uppers. If you have weaker ankles, go with leather uppers.
  • You should leave about one-fourth of an inch of space between the tip of your toe and the inner end of the shoe. 
These are some of the best cross-training shoes available in the market. You should learn all the details about the shoes you are planning to buy. It is important to get your feet measured professionally, so that you buy the right size. Try out the shoe by walking and jogging within the shop before you go for the buy. This will help make sure if the shoe is comfortable during movement. Take care of your shoes after you buy them. Once your feet are comfortable, you can have loads of fun while training and practicing.
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