The Best Sneakers for Every Kind of Workout
For the best, most effective workout, getting to the gym is the first step. But the next step is getting there in the best shoe possible. Sneakers specifically designed with one activity in mind—say, running or lifting—actually assist in maximizing your workout. It keeps your form in check, and it minimizes your chances of tearing your body in half. Here are some of the best.
Adidas Crazy Power RK Shoes: Your knees and ankles feel the brunt of agility drills, so you want a shoe that keeps everything aligned. Adidas's Crazy Power shoes are lightweight, and strategically placed TPU casing on the midsole keeps your foot stable while your body moves quickly during drills.
Under Armour Ultimate Speed: If you like your ankle free, Under Armour's speed shoe spreads its support and flexibility elsewhere, so you can move without rolling.
Adidas Ultra Boost: The flexibility and cushion of these Ultra Boosts will keep your ankles and knees protected from the landing on tough jumps.
Under Armour Project Rock 1: Under Armour has a super reactive sole and extra ankle support. Plus, if The Rock approves, you probably should too.
Reebok Floatride Run Fast: For quick sprints, opt for something that won't weigh you down. Reebok created this crazy-lightweight shoe, perfect for speedy moves.
Nike Running Epic React Flyknit Sneakers: Nike's Epic React shoe is one of the most fun to sprint in because it feels like a sock on the top of your foot, but you get a little push from the React sole to move you quicker.
Long Distance Runs
ASICS GEL-Kayano: If you're partial to long-distance runs, don't cheat your way out of a good sneaker. Asics—master brand of marathon sneakers—uses specific technologies for each part of the shoe (seriously, everything from the midsole foam to the heel clutching system) to make sure your foot stays stable throughout a long run.
Long Distance Runs
Altra Footwear Torin 3.5: Altra is another runner favorite, and especially good if you need extra toe room. A wider toe box is the brand's speciality; your feet swell when you run, so you'll be grateful for the extra room. Plus, it's a preventative measure against marathon-induced black toes.
Long Distance Runs
Brooks Ghost 11: You can't go wrong with Brooks, either. This one is great for runners who need a little extra arch support.
York The Henry Mid Sweatshirt: York Athletics sneakers were designed for the ring, whether you're sparring in the gym or shadowboxing in your basement. They're light, durable, and the height will keep your ankle from rolling.
Reebok Boxing Boot: But if sparring is your game, you might want to get something with extended support. Reebok's boxing boot is simple and does its job well.
Nike Training Metcon 4: Nike's Metcon 4 is the perfect HIIT sneaker. It's lightweight but it has the perfect amount of support—plus, it has a minimal drop for quick heavy lifts.
Asics Conviction X 2: For something that requires a little more movement than it does lifting, the Asics Conviction X 2 has a little more cushion in the sole.
Reebok Crossfit Nano 8: Reebok has been dominating the Crossfit sneaker space, crafting shoes that enhance every piece of your WOD. They have a tight, barefoot feel—good for lifts—but aren't too stiff for suicides.
New Balance Minimus 40 Trainer: New Balance's Minimus sneakers have extra (but unobtrusive) support at the midsole and heel to ease the transition between different parts of your workout.
APL TechLoom Pro Running Sneakers: APLs are some of the sleekest sneakers out right now, and they're great for short, neutral runs.
Adidas PureBoost GO Running Shoe: PureBoosts are also great for a quicker run. They're super lightweight, so they'll let you move as quickly as you want to.
Pearl Izumi Select Road V5: If spinning is your game, it's worth investing in a pair of your own shoes. Shimano makes the sturdiest pair, with a closure system that will make sure your feet are secure. They're also SPD cleat compatible.
SOUL Legend Cycling Shoe: For Soul Cycle fiends, there's always the in-house option. These are understated and perfect for indoor rides.
Adidas Leistung 16 II Boa: Lifting heavy in a running shoe is a recipe for bad form—they're usually too supportive for something like a deadlift or power clean. Look for a shoe with minimal drop (from the front to back of your foot) to keep your form in check.
Converse Chuck Taylor Low Sneaker: Chuck Taylors are hugely popular among the heavy lifting crowd, due to the neutral footing they allow. Plus, at $50, you can't get anymore reasonable.
Hoka One One Bondi 6: If you're out of the running game and into the power walking one, you'll need a shoe that has plenty of comfort. Hoka One One is known for it's crazy support and comfortable heel that can withstand an indoor or outdoor walk.
New Balance 928v3: The perfect fashion dad sneaker also happens to be one of the most supportive walking shoes.
Asics Gel Quickwalk 3: Asics' walking sneaker uses its signature gel to keep your foot supported—without any unnecessary weight.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.