Your training regimen deserves shoes that match your intensity. You need shoes that can withstand hours and hours at the gym without losing their edge. You need shoes that can help you reach new peaks and push through the valleys. You need shoes that can help you pass all your goals. Whether you’re into weight training, fitness class, CrossFit or something else, KicksUSA’s men’s training shoes collection has something to match your needs.
You’re hard on yourself and you’ve got ambitious goals. Our men’s collections is curated to hook you up with trainers that help you meet and exceed your fitness goals. KicksUSA has the best trainers for men, especially men looking for comfort, stability, protection and endurance in their shoes.
Before you choose a pair, read this to get a better understanding of what you should be looking for in men’s training shoes.
Men’s Training Shoes vs Men’s Running Shoes
Most men use the same shoes for both running and training, which is usually fine if your treadmill routine is only a few miles per week. But keep in mind that running shoes are designed to propel you forward, while trainers need to withstand multi-directional movement.
Shoes with a lightly cushioned sole are prefered by most men for weight training and CrossFit workouts rather than shoes with thick soles. The key is to be closer to the ground, so it’s easier to drive through your heels to exert force off the ground.
While heavy cushioning is great for runners to provide impact protection, cross-trainers need shoes with light padding so you have control and balance after those quick, multi-directional movements.
If you need additional support, a midfoot strap like in Jordan Trunners is great for increased stability and support.
You should also be thinking about what makes men’s running shoes and men’s training shoes different from a design perspective.
There’s two main differences. Training shoes should be supportive, but also have a flexible sole for those side-to-side lateral movements. Like we touched on before, the shoes should have a thinner “heel drop,” which is a term that describes the distance in height from the heel of the shoe to the toe. It’s basically the “drop” from the heel forward. This goes along with the idea that runners want to be propelled forward while trainers want stability. Training shoes have a lower heel drop to get that stability. Running shoes have a higher heel drop so that the shoes are designed for forward motion.
Men’s Training Shoes to Suit Your Workout
Training is a relatively broad category that encompasses a variety of workouts, so it’s important to invest in a shoe that is beneficial to your individual workout regimen.
If aerobics or high-intensity cardio and circuits is your thing, a lightweight, stable shoe with cushioned support is key. If powerlifting and weightlifting are your primary training methods, your shoes should emphasize ankle stability and support.
This enables you to push off the ground with greater force under heavier loads. Nike trainers like the Huarache and Air Max shoes offer a great combination of ankle support and lightweight cushioning.
When should you use training shoes?
We touched on it a bit before, but men’s training shoes are designed primarily for the following:
Weight & Strength Training
Basically any time you are lifting weights or using them in your workout, you should be wearing training shoes. The heel support will help you dig deeper on squats, keep you stable for olympic-style lifts, and overall, improve your balance.
Fitness Class & Agility Training
This umbrella term basically covers any class that would require cutting, jumping, changing direction, or quick stops. Think boot camp-style classes. Training shoes are especially important for high-intensity workouts when you might not always be thinking about your footing. They give you the extra stability to support yourself during quick moves and landings.
If you don’t have the budget for two pairs of workout shoes or don’t feel like bringing both to the gym, you should use training shoes for both both training and running. Training shoes should be used for light running only. Keep in mind that for longer distances, it’s healthier for your feet and body to use designated running shoes. If you’re doing something shorter than a 5k, training shoes will be just fine.
Find The Perfect Size for Your Trainers
The key element for men’s shoes across any sport or activity is comfort. If your shoes don’t fit right it can throw your balance off or cause blisters. To find your perfect size, check out our online fit finder that measures your feet across top footwear brands and styles.