Looking for the best gym shoes and training shoes to take your workouts up to the next notch? You’ve come to the right place.
Training shoes and gym shoes for men are specifically designed to help you avoid injury when completing big lifts, and to give you a natural feeling and solid footing so that you still engage as many muscles as possible.
Many people rock up to their sessions a little underprepared, normally with a pair of running shoes that aren’t up to the task ahead. Running shoes tend to have highly-cushioned soles and bend and flex easily, qualities you really don’t want when you’re trying to squat or deadlift heavy loads.
Training shoes vs running shoes
The main difference between training shoes and running shoes is that training shoes are designed for multi-directional movement, whereas running shoes are designed for forward-moving heel-to-toe movement, and will have a higher heel drop to facilitate the extra shock absorption required.
If you lift weights then you’re going to need a pair of training shoes as opposed to a pair of joggers. Training shoes will have a lower heel drop (the distance between your heel and the ground) to give you a more stable base and to better mimic going barefoot.
Training shoes should also have durable soles with plenty of grip to prevent you from sliding around when you complete a deadlift or back squat, for example.
So, which are the best gym shoes and training shoes for men currently available?
We’ve scoured the web to find training shoes from a number of popular brands, offering a range of designs with sturdy soles that improve your balance and posture when lifting weights, lighter creations for intense CrossFit sessions, and even a few hybrid numbers that are practical for whatever you get up to when you hit the gym.
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Athletic Propulsion Labs TechLoom Tracer
For the luxury gym shoe wearer
Their TechLoom Tracer training shoes are engineered to be as comfortable as possible thanks to a moulded collar around the ankle and heel to provide optimum support. Available in a huge range of colours and styles, and with the combination of a TechLoom forefoot and a Propelium midsole to give you stability and cushioning in all the right places, APL’s Techloom Tracer is a worthy candidate for your next pair of training shoes.
Under Armour UA Project Rock 4 Training Shoes
For those who want to push themselves to their limits
The UA Project Rock 4 training shoes have been made in collaboration with The Rock himself, so you know they're going to be able to withstand the toughest of workouts. You get plenty of support throughout the midfoot and heel, Under Armour's HOVR cushioning technology and a knitted upper for sock-like comfort. We've tried this pair out for ourselves, and can comfortably say they're some of the best training shoes we've ever owned.
Nike Metcon 7
For the serious weightlifter
The Metcon 7 is the latest iteration of Nike's high-performance men's workout shoe. Claiming to be the golden standard for weight training shoes, Nike’s Metcon 7 is the most breathable version yet, meaning your feet - and ultimately, your whole body - will stay cool. Plus, with a solid and stable base, including a wider heel, these shoes will help you to lift heavier weights. The Metcon 7’s are pretty good-looking too, as expected, and can happily be worn outside the gym.
Reebok Nano X1
For CrossTraining fanatics
The Nano X1 training shoes are made for CrossFit sessions, but can equally find favour with regular gym-goers who partake in intense workouts. They features a Flexweave upper to help handle dynamic movements, along with midsole cushioning for short sprints or running on the spot.
For those seeking total athletic performance
Puma’s FUSE workout shoes feature a wide toe box to give you a stable stance while the internal midsole provides shock absorption. Durable PUMAGRIP provides all-purpose traction and a TPU heel clip offers a boost of support. Available in three awesome colours, Puma’s FUSE are guaranteed to kick your training up a gear.
New Balance 624
The perfect all-rounder
New Balance has a great range of training shoes that will be perfect for your gym workouts. Their durable trainers, such as the 624v5, are designed for impact and superior traction, so you can stay quick on your feet. Featuring a wide range of technologies for ultimate support and comfort, New Balance’s workout shoes are available in different colours, meaning you can hit your new personal best in style.
Inov-8 F-LITE 260 V2
The best workout shoes from an underdog brand
And you don't have to just run off-road to benefit from Inov-8's innovations, as the F-Lite 260 V2 Cross Training shoe has been designed in collaboration with 10x CrossFit athlete Scott Panchik. Scott's input has meant Inov-8 has been able to reinforce areas of the shoe that need to be to help during lifts or climbs, while others have been fitted with lightweight materials to ensure you stay nimble. In fact, we'd say it's well designed it could just be the best workout shoe on this list.
York Athletics Henry
For the absolute best fit
York Athletics' Henry are available in various models, each of which determines which sporting discipline it is best suited to. The Henry Sweatshirt represents the company's interpretation of a training shoe. It's made from a sweatshirt jersey material to provide a slipper-like feel alongside a breathable build, while a solid rubber outsole gives full ground contact, meaning you can remain planted while performing deep squats or heavy deadlifts. Their casual appearance makes them suitable for wearing outside of the gym too.
For outright comfort
Utilising innovative performance research to help improve body awareness and foot sensitivity to deliver sophisticated and advanced training shoes for men, Mizuno’s range will give you just the right amount of stability and support during your gym workouts.
No Bull Trainers
The ultimate in versatility
NoBull has an extensive range of some of the best men's training shoes that feature a 360-degree mesh layer to protect your toes on zombies and rope climbs, and a flat outer sole that provides fantastic stability during lifts. Available in a variety of styles and colours, NoBull has you covered when it comes to trainers.