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Versatile for Your Fitness: Learn More About Cross-Training Shoes

Jumpstart your workout with performance-designed cross-training shoes. Cross-training shoes are built to meet the requirements of a variety of activities. Shop men’s cross-training shoes, women’s cross-training shoes and youth cross-training shoes.

Cross-trainers are the most multi-faceted of any athletic shoe—they provide basic comfort, cushioning, stability and durability. While they’re not recommended for dedicated runners, they are a great choice for gym-goers who participate in a variety of workout activities.

Stand out in bold hues or go subtle in a variety of athletic shoe styles and colors.

Buying Tips

Look for flex outsoles that bend with the natural mechanics of your gait. Outsoles injected with lightweight foam provide added cushion and shock absorption when you need it most. Your cross-training shoes should include an internal sock liner that works to wick away perspiration as you take on your course.

Learn more about the construction of your cross-training shoes:

  • The outsoles (bottom) of cross-training shoes are wide and stable to provide lateral (side-to-side) support and stability
  • If your foot tends to roll inwards or pronate the wide base of support may help reduce that tendency
  • Most cross-trainers have fairly durable outsoles to allow them to go from the gym to the street or tennis court
  • Outsoles will typically be made of extremely durable carbon rubber or a combination of carbon rubber and blown rubber, a softer, lighter, more flexible outsole compound

Expert Advice

Cross-training shoes offer a moderate amount of cushioning, primarily at the heel and forefoot of the shoe. Cushioning is usually fairly durable and dense, which enhances the shoe's overall stability. If you are wearing your cross-trainers for a variety of activities, especially running or vigorous exercise, you should replace them twice a year as they wear down in various spots.Cross-training shoes feature two types of cushioning:

  • EVA: Lightweight cushioning, but not as much stability and durability. EVA can be compressed to make it somewhat more durable.
  • Polyurethane (PU): More dense and durable cushioning material. Adds stability and weight.

Many cross-training shoes have leather uppers. Some uppers combine leather and lightweight, breathable, synthetic mesh. All-leather cross trainers provide greater stability but are less breathable than those that feature mesh.