Cross Training Shoes

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Cross Training Shoes

You have to train strong to perform strong. No matter what athletic activity you’re into, ASICS has the shoes, clothes and accessories that are as tough and dynamic as your workout. HIIT/cross-training shoes like the Conviction X are up to any challenge; lightweight studio training shoes like the FIT YUI keep you balanced and flexible; and active training apparel with flexible adaptability and moisture-management technology gives you stylish options both in and outside of the gym. Don’t forget to complete your workout wear with premium training shirts, tanks, shorts, tights.
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Cross Training Shoes

Do yourself (and your feet) a favor and take a look at this rundown of some of the latest and greatest training shoes of spring 2017. Consider some of these shoes and pop some on before your next lifting session—whether you’re a newbie trying to get jacked for the summer, or an old iron dog who wants to dial in his lifts, they’ll get you performing your best.
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Cross Training Shoes

I really fell in love with these light, responsive, and stable shoes from Inov-8. They’re an update from the original F-Lite 235, and are better in almost every way—a more secure fit, 40% denser heel rubber, and a more flexible outsole. They feel low and connected to the ground, but are featherweight and give you a light-but-confident step, no matter the exercise.
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Cross Training Shoes

These shoes feel solidly molded to your feet while still allowing a lot of secure flexibility. They boast a compact rubber “Powerheel,” along with a built-in heel lock strap and zero drop from heel to forefoot. The front toe box is nice and roomy, with a knit mesh top for ventilation, and the sides have an airier mesh cover that lets the heat out nicely.

Cross Training Shoes

The Vibram outsole is solid and just sticky enough to give great traction without being to soft to harm your lifts, and the REVlite midsole is soft enough to give a slight amount of give. I do wish these had a little more heel support, but overall this is a great pick for those who like nimble, but supportive shoes in the gym.
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Cross Training Shoes

APL puts out some high-quality and high-performing shoes, so when I slipped these on for leg day, I was hoping for a knockout. But while they’re billed as a great all-around trainer, they’re probably better suited to a conventional basketball-style workout than a CrossFit-style routine of deadlifts and box jumps. They’re the second-heftiest shoe in this roundup, and the outsole is fairly cushiony, which is great if you want more of a shock absorber than a concrete slab.
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Cross Training Shoes

But once I started to lift in them, they began to slowly win me over, rep after rep, and my feet never felt uncomfortably warm or wet. Even though they aren’t the heaviest shoe in the roundup, they look like it. But these shoes perform well, and feel surprisingly light once they were on. They also have a burrito tongue, although it could use a little more engineering—it seemed to bunch up a bit at the bottom and didn’t fit as smoothly and snugly as I would’ve liked.
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Cross Training Shoes

The only cons are what attracted me to them in the beginning: the light construction. While it allows them to be super nimble, it seems like they may not be very durable and last that long after busting big iron week after week. Other than that, and the fact that they run big, these are an excellent shoe for training if you like to feel light, locked down, and flexible when you lift.
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I was a little skeptical of these UAs, as they seemed to be a little too big and clunky to make for a good training shoe. Plus, the thick rubber forefoot wrap—while good for resisting abrasion and feeling solid—looked like it was destined to cook my overly sweaty feet all workout long.