Cross-training shoes: They are They are comfortable enough to be worn on a cardio machine, too. That means they usually have a slight cushion for support and are therefore sturdy (without weighing down your feet). "Cross-trainers are a good option for hybrid-style training: when you're rowing and squatting on moderate weight, doing burettes and kettlebells swings, and deadlifting moderate weight," says Wickham. They usually look like a running sneakers, but they usually have little to no heel lift, meaning they are usually completely flat or have a lift of 4mm or less
Weightlifting shoes: However, if you're just going to Olympic lifting, are a competitive powerlifter, are training specifically for muscular strength, or lift heavy, you should consider a weightlifting specific shoe. "There's a reason you can not find a competitive weightlifter who does not wear weightlifting shoes-they're incredibly stable," says Wickham. In part, that's because they're so heavy (which is why they're not great for something like box jumps or burpees). They say they have a heel lift of about one or two inches high, says Wickham. "This extra elevation helps people with poor ankle mobility squat deeper," explains Wickham. [Best of Cross]
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If You ' d Rather Go Barefoot: Vibram Five Fingers V-Train [Buy It, $ 96, zappos.com]
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If You're a CrossFit Athlete: The CrossFit Reebok Nano 8 Flexweave (Buy It, $ 1
The Reebok Nano has earned its rep as the best weightlifting shoe for CrossFit. They are stable enough to keep their weight on their feet during a complex movement like the squat, snatch, and rowing. Adidas Ultraboost Shoe [Buy It Now, $ 180]  If You Like To Lift Light These bad girls are technically categorized as running shoes, but the experts say they are extremely durable (especially for a pair that weighs less than a bar of soap). Greer Rothermel, a certified personal trainer with RSP Nutrition, says: "This is a great way to improve your body and weight , Nike Metcon 4 (Buy It, $ 130)
The Nike Metcon 4 is the Nano's close rival. (1945) Related: The Perfect Strength Workout for Beginners
When you're hitting cardio-based moves. Better yet, the shoe is on the narrow side, making it a great pick for cross-training athletes with a slim foot. (Here's the full story of how the Nike Metcon 4 was designed and tested.)
If You Love Boot Camp: New Balance Minimus 20v7 Trainer (Buy It, $ 100)
The NB Minimus is another great minimalist option (it only weighs 6 ounces). It has a Vibram outsole that allows you to both feel the floor and maintain it. Kettlebell swings and goblet squats, says Chris Crowthers, a certified trainer and founding instructor at Brrn in New York City.
If You ' re a Do-It-All Exerciser: Nike Free x Metcon (Buy It, $ 120)
This shoe is flexible and flexible, according to Crowthers. "The shoe is ready to expand in every direction, which allows you to spread it out," he says. It's best for CrossFitters or HIIT exercisers who may have short runs in their program but also need to feel grounded during exercises like thrusters, kettlebell swings, or wallballs. [Related: The Difference Between Muscular Strength and Muscular Endurance and Why You Need Both]
If You're Working On Your Balance: No Bull Women's Trainers (Buy It, $ 129)
Thanks to their flat sole, No Bulls are known for being incredibly stable. "Definitely the most fashion-forward and effective shoe I've found for all strength training, HIIT training, and indoor rowing," says Caley Crawford, director of education at Row House, a national boutique rowing studio. Bonus: They come in all different rises and colors (including camo).
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