Cross Training Shoes Vs. Running Shoes

FitnessVigil Staff Oct 8, 2018
Though cross trainers and running shoes might look similar, they are in fact completely different types of shoes. We will run a comparison between them, so that you will be in a better position to choose the right one for your intended physical activity.
While buying a pair of shoes, how many of us stop and think about their type with regards to their intended use? More often than not, most of us go either for the brand and/or the look. However, when we put on theses shoes and go out for either for a walk, jog, to the gym etc., we tend to find ourselves plagued by backache and knee ache.
Hence, it is important to know what type of shoes you will require for what activity. In a nutshell, if your sole purpose behind getting a pair of shoes is exercising, then you must get cross trainers, while if you want a shoe pair for running or jogging, then you must get running shoes.
Running shoes are designed to be flexible and firmer around the toes, whereas, compared to them, cross trainers are more firmer and lesser flexible. The following is a further elaboration on the each of these type of shoes, with a focus on their differences.

Running Shoes

The design of running shoes is different from that of cross trainers. When we run we tend to put pressure on the heels first and then gradually apply pressure towards the toes. So the heels in running shoes are designed to be firm and provide proper support.
Running shoes are made in such a way that they compel forward motion and provide more support with thicker heels and soles.
Running shoes typically comprise ample cushioning and heel-support, which helps to absorb the shock resulting from slamming action of the foot on the ground, thus preventing injury.
Their design is such that the heel part of these shoes are lifted higher than the toe part, making it easier for the runner to propel forward.

Cross Training Shoes

Cross training shoes are designed to provide lateral support equally to parts of the feet. The soles of the shoes are specially designed to give additional support to the heels and legs. They are multitasking shoes, which are great for providing firm grip to all areas of the feet, increasing the stability. Thus cross trainers are kind of all-rounders.
Cross training shoes are great as they provide necessary lateral support for aerobic activities as well as strengthening activities including weight-lifting. These qualities make these shoes ideal for wearing at the gym, playing tennis, performing aerobics, etc.
These shoes are made to be highly durable and their multi-purpose functionality, makes them appropriate for multiple physical activities.
Thus, their indented use is the main thing that differentiates cross trainers from running shoes. If you indulge in running, then it is best to get proper running shoes, while if you need shoes for other physical activities like performing aerobics, exercising in the gym, etc., then it is better to get cross training shoes.