People underestimate the importance and benefits of wearing a good pair of gym shoes for lifting or crossfit.
They provide support and cushioning to your feet and help stabilise your body.
If you wear just any shoes to the gym, maybe you should think twice.
Apart from suffering from delayed onset muscle soreness, have you ever walked away from exercise or a gym session with a pain in your knees, back or hips? A pain that is not related to being a newbie to the gym?
You should take a look at the shoes you are wearing whilst working out.
Think about it, your feet get put through their paces during any workout. They take a hammering from the treadmill, cross trainer, deadlifts and squats.
Bad footwear can cause damage to the muscle, bones, joints and tissue throughout the body. Long-term effects would mean your fitness goals may be put on hold whilst your body recovers from the damage.
A decent pair of trainers can help you to improve your techniques, posture and balance.
If you do both cardio and lifting at the gym, consider a gym shoe for the one you do the most.
If you are a walker, you would suit lightweight walking shoes. If you are a runner, find a guide to the best running shoes here.
If you regularly participate in aerobic exercises, you may benefit from a lightweight and shock absorbent shoe.
We've found the best men's crossfit trainers and weightlifting shoes for you, so all you have to worry about is actually going to the gym...
Best Men's Shoes for Crossfit
Here we will list all the best men's trainers for cardio. They will be supportive, comfortable and help to promote good balance and form.
Avoiding muscle and bone injuries is our hope, so with the correct supportive shoes, you will be one step closer to getting fit.
Adidas Cloudfoam Trainers
These men's gym trainers are ideal for any cardio activity. They are designed for providing extra comfort for the feet.
With Cloudfoam cushioning to provide extra support and comfort to the foot, you are bound to stay on form and protect your feet from the effects cardio can have.
Look after your feet and have a comfortable workout with these reasonably priced Adidas trainers.
Adidas have created a fashionable gym shoe here which provides support, security and comfort.
New Balance Fitness Shoes
Take your training to the next level with these New Balance Minimus 20v7 shoes.
Ideal for crossfit training, they feature a knit upper which is constructed of nylon-infused yarn which holds the foot and forms a barrier for incredible protection and lateral support.
They have increased ventilation with monomesh windows to allow the foot to breathe whilst training.
Molded foam has been used around the collar to encourage a natural fit and the outer sole features Vibram to provide reliable traction and ground needed to maintain natural stance.
Men's Nike Low-Top Sneakers
These Nike Tanjun trainers are ideal for crossfit training. The lightweight design featuring the upper mesh lining provides ventilation for the feet so they can always breathe.
With a chunky foam-like sole offering extra cushioning and support from the impact of the ground, your feet are bound to stay protected and comfortable.
The lace-up front fastening works alongside a shaped ankle collar with extra cushioning insole to ensure security and a position locked fit.
Nike has made a trainer fit for an athlete here in a simple design.
Puma Ignite Flash Cross Trainers
These Puma trainers feature a full-length foam midsole for extra padding and an outstanding energy return, making them perfect for high-intensity training.
The branded heel cage supports and stabilises the foot by locking the heel onto the platform.
The upper knitted sole offers customisable lacing and maintains a sock-like feel for extra comfort.
These Puma Ignite Flash Cross trainers are available in a range of different colours, so you are sure to find a colour to suit you.
Under Armour UA7 Strive Training Shoes
These Under Armour Training shoes are breathable and lightweight featuring an upper mesh spacer with stitched leather for extra support and stability.
They have webbed lacing and urethane welding to lock down the ball of the foot, to promote even more stability and form.
Inside the shoe, there is a full-length EVA sockliner for added comfort and a custom fit.
The midsole is shock absorption with a cushion lining which makes them perfect for high intensity training.
The outsole has strategically placed rubber pods over high wear areas for excellent durability and traction, with no added weight.
These are available in several different colours.
Reebok R Crossfit Nano 8.0
These Reebok Crossfit trainers are made for performance and fit. A boot construction ensures a secure fit and provides comfort.
Nanoweave is created for breathability during performance.
Additional features like the forefoot flex grooves provide flexibility and stability with a high abrasion rubber outsole to maximise durability.
The midsole features a molded sock liner to cushion every step and toe tecion provides protection to the toe area for high-intensity activities.
Best Men's Shoes for Weightlifters
Bodybuilders, weightlifters and anybody who uses the free weights in the gym are going to need suitable footwear.
Footwear that supports the foot, protects it and helps to balance and stabilise the body, to avoid injury from lifting weights.
The best shoes for lifting weights are flat soled shoes.
We've listed some below, take a look and notice they all have a flat sole.
Chuck Taylor All Star Converse
These Converse Trainers are ideal for anybody lifting weights. Featuring a thick rubber sole for support, cushioning and stability they are bound to keep you on form and protected.
The leather upper sole provides durability and comfort, these trainers will last even if they are put through there paces.
The cushioned and fabric lined sole provide further comfort and support.
Van's Atwood Canvas Low-Top Sneakers
Van's are ideal for lifting because of the flat, cushioned, gum rubber sole. It provides stabilises the body when lifting and helps keep your form on point.
With a fabric upper sole to provide comfort and support, and a low-top ankle collar your feet will be secured inside these shoes.
These Van Trainers are available in a variety of different colours and styles.
Adidas Men's Trainers
These Adidas Trainers are great for lifting. The gum rubber, flat sole will provide cushioning and support to the body, helping to improve balance and posture.
The inner lined fabric improves the fit of these trainers and provides extra comfort. The insole has high cushioning and a well shaped ankle collar for a perfect comfort.
With a leather outsole they are bound to last and be durable. The tongue ensures your feet can breathe.
The trainers are a good design with the iconic Adidas stripes.
Nike Men’s Court Royale Suede Sneakers
These Nike Trainers will promote form and provide grip to any weightlifter. With a thick rubber sole they will provide cushioning and support. The grip will come from the herring bones lines on the bottom of the shoe, promising maximum grip.
The outer material is made out of suede-leather, providing the shoes with longevity and durability.
The leather material alongside the cushioned shaft provides a good fit and ensures that they are comfortable.
These are available in a range of different colours and styles.
Now we've provided you with best shoes for weightlifting and crossfit, we hope your feet are comfortable and supported throughout your workout.
Minimise the risk of injury by wearing a decent pair of trainers and look stylish too.